Having set impossibly high standards of melodic songwriting with their previous albums, somehow Delays have taken their sound to new heights. With the completely unexpected melancholy of opener "Find a home", Delays announce their ambition boldly, traversing a wide stylistic canvas whilst never losing their knack for a tune. "Lost Estate" is "Valentine" in wide-screen, "May 45" takes the sky-scraping joy of "Nearer than heaven" and marries it to a new found aggression, whilst "In Brilliant Sunshine" sees Aarons finest vocal to date.
But where "Star Tiger, Star Ariel" truly impresses is in it's brave experimentation. Beautiful, lilting instrumentals tie the tracks together into one, continuous journey that underscores a new found lyricism.
Delays have always existed outside of fashion, forging their own musical path and with "Star Tiger, Star Ariel", that world has become a darker, more intriguing place to be. Highly recommended.