Oh Something For Kate, how we have missed you. Granted the five year gap in between your releases was softened by Paul Dempsey’s brilliant solo album, but still, it’s nice to have you back.

If at this point there is any question or doubt in your mind as to the quality of this new album, Leave Your Soul To Science, then you must not have been paying very close attention to the band’s career. Something For Kate don’t make bad records, they can’t, and the small hiatus that the band undertook to refresh themselves has led to them producing another amazing album for the catalogue.

The group have a timeless sound that doesn’t age or go out of fashion so listening to the new songs, which are engulfed in the unique SFK style, feels both modern and classic. The record could sit side-by-side with the band’s earlier works, whilst at the same time sounding completely new. Granted there are some newer elements which sound influenced by more recent indie rock acts like MGMT, but for the most part, the drums are solid, the bass lines are thick and the straining vocals are the centrepiece of it all.

Opening track 'Star Crossed Citizens' begins with the quintessential SFK lo-fi sound, but then quickly explodes into a hammering, almost ugly shriek, made pretty by Dempsey’s falsetto tones. This leads to first single 'Survival Expert', a haunting number with a steady pace and catchy melody lines, perfect for a first single. The first stand out however is the solemn 'The Kids Will Get The Money', driven by a fuzzed out bass line and touches of piano, and of course, those melody lines that will remain stuck in your brain.

There are some slight 80s-like influences in 'Sooner Or Later You’re Gonna Have To Do Something About Me' before the album highlight and second single 'Miracle Cure'. Bright and poppy, and featuring some of the biggest chorus lines on the album, this track is up there with some of the best the band have ever written.

Every SFK record contains a moment where you get to see the magic that is Paul Dempsey with an acoustic guitar, this time it is called 'Deep Sea Divers', a song influenced by Dempsey’s time living in New York, that features beautiful accompanied vocals by Sarah Jaffe. The group get a little electronic on 'The Fireball At The End Of Everything' before closing the affairs with the gentle piano number, 'Begin'.

If you have been at all miserable about the quality of music released in the last few years, Something For Kate are back to make you feel a whole lot better.
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