Two Door Cinema Club always seem to know the right time to release a new record. Although the band stress that they “don’t like the idea of being confined to a particular genre or movement,” their perfectly placed and unique debut Tourist History solidified them as a big name in the indie/pop genre.
Beacon continues on the indie/pop backbone cemented by the first album, yet it is also a significant musical development from the debut. A good move for the band, as to avoid that ever looming sophomore slump which is often encountered when writing a follow up to a successful first release.
The new production on the album has created a great advancement from the sounds on Tourist History, Live drums replace the drum machine the band used before, and the more prominent synth influence gives a new edge to the band’s sound, whilst maintaing those upbeat dance-friendly rhythms, heard in songs like “Handshake” and “Someday.” The crescendos and build ups in the new music explode into bigger choruses now a thicker production has been added, like in single release “Sleep Alone” and “Pyramid”.
The almost Beatles like melody in “Wake Up” is a nice feature to what is one of the better tracks on the album. But this is far from what the, reverb heavy album closer Beacon sounds like. However this change from their previous material gives the album some depth. It’s like they’ve taken everything good about Tourist History and made each of those things even better, (to be honest that’s pretty much everything).
The emotion heavy second half of the album, begins with “The World is Watching.” perfectly expressing the Alex Trimble’s deep inner thoughts. With Sampled guitars and more synth work this song verges on M83 territory, yet more refined and complete in their Indie style. The guitar work from Sam Halliday on this album, is definitely a step up from before, and hints at a playing style heard in an early Bloc Party.
Instead of creating something typical and predictable, the band have developed 11 tracks that serve up well against such an infectious debut, without alienating their fans or indeed their own sound. Two Door Cinema Club, have created themselves a platform now, from which they can go on further to develop and grow as a band in the future.