Like your guitar work sharp and angular? Like your pop melodic and intelligent? Then Nerve Up is the album for you!
Julie Campbell has crafted a superb album that takes it's cues from post punk icons such as Joy Division, (early) New Order, Gang Of Four, Wire, Public Image. But this is no mere rehash, it also serves as an updating of those ideals as she melds with a pure pop aesthetic to make something really rather wonderful. She has a red hot set of riffs, gets beautiful sounds from her guitar and uses them to write lovely bedroom-y DIY songs.
The songs are stark yet textured, glacial yet spiky, intimate yet detached. The standout is arguably "Marble", all shimmering textures and pulsing electronics forming a deliriously exciting song.
An excellent, fascinating album that deserves to be better known.