This wintry, nuanced, and bold collection of songs integrates the sweeping theatricality of Arcade Fire-era indie rock without the insularity. There has always been a sort of rough-hewn sepia-tone unity to British Sea Power, and that odd, inclusive wartime fervor permeates each track, from the rousing immigration anthem "Waving Flags" to the rallying, Blur-inspired "No Lucifer"
This is Pylon at their purest, mixing the spartan angularity of Gang of Four with a playfulness missing from similar U.K. bands like the Au Pairs or the early Mekons (or indeed from Gang of Four themselves) as well as the irresistible danceability of Athens compatriots the B-52's. Yet Pylon never quite sounded like anyone except Pylon. Their naive instrumental style and inimitable vocals are so idiosyncratic that they probably couldn't sound like anyone else any more than another band could tackle a Pylon song.