London’s indie rockers have done it again. The Mars Patrol have released their long-awaited follow-up to 2010s Landline, and it’s nothing short of perfection. Young Lovers illuminates the band’s desire to tread steady into the pop-rock universe on their own terms, not unlike many of their U.K. Peers such as A Silent Film or The Boxer Rebellion. Young Lovers was produced by lead guitarist Ross Nelson (and mixed by Grammy-nominated Tim Palmer of U2 and David Bowie albums), the band retreated to an old farmhouse in the English countryside to escape the pressures and distraction that their London hometown offered. The result was a masterfully blended e.p. that boasts all the hallmarks of a big-budget, radio-friendly listening experience.
Lyrically, Young Lovers puts forth the bands growth and maturity and gleefully reveals the band’s intention to remain in the race as long-distance runners, not mere sprinters. “Here We Go” opens the album up with Davina Divine’s beautifully delivered lyrics “cause I can’t wait for what I can see/when it’s just so close it’s in front of me.” “Stop Pushing You Away”, the lead single delivers a glossy and stylish pop ballad sans the usual desperation such songs anchor us with. “Coming Home” is a slow-tempo ballad that builds with a towering sheen of guitars from Nelson and James Williamson and a healthy coda of Lewis Searle’s drums. “I Wonder” is reminiscent of “I Still Want You” from the band’s debut album, Are You With Me?. Divine’s compelling delivery of such songs convey to the listener the vulnerability and emotion of heartbreak and falling in love. The title track closes the album up brilliantly with the band’s trademark upbeat and rhythmic nuances. Stephen Parker’s thumping bass and Matt Baker’s atmospheric vibes snap tightly together with the rest of the band’s musicianship to complete yet another enjoyable delivery from the U.K.’s most exciting band. (Rob Watts)