The Hermit Crabs

Time Relentless EP

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Scottish indie poppers Hermit Crabs' first new single in four years is the best thing they've done yet. The passing years seem to have aged their gentle indie pop sound into something a little deeper and richer. Melanie Whittle's vocals still sounds uncannily like those of Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell, and the group's basic sound is still a Camera Obscura carbon copy, but the songs here are just a little catchier and the words a little more meaningful. "On the Spectrum" does a fine job detailing a complicated love triangle, "So Blue" tenderly outlines a sick-friend scenario, and "Time Relentless" uses the words from a poem by Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree of the same title to great effect. Neither the band nor this EP will set the world on fire, but Time Relentless does provide a nice, quiet respite from the kind of music that does try to set the world on fire.

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