Over The Wall - Treacherous

Infectious tunes that pin a whole slew of emotions.

Rating: 8

Most indie music fans are well aware that some of the finest bands who have circulated the international airwaves hail from Scotland. Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Idlewild, Frightened Rabbit - all these groups and countless others have captivated audiences the world over. And now, there’s one more band for that prestigious list.

Having carved out music together since 2006, Over The Wall duo Gav Prentice and Ben Hillman are true handymen when it comes to banging out infectious tunes that pin a whole slew of emotions, moods and indifferences into the human heart.

Indeed, with ‘Treacherous’ the electro-pop duo have made a melodic album filled with contagious songs that will no doubt ring in your head in the middle of the day and stir in your mind in the dead of night.

While there are some heavy undertones of ‘80s new wave, Over The Wall refreshingly create a sound that sets them apart from other contemporary blah bands that are trying to mimic shambolic beats from some 30 years ago. Rather, they’ve an LP of ten songs that are glued together with creative structures and soothing vocals to make one hell of a euphoric pop record.

Still, the band’s influences seem to run ablaze throughout, and apart from the obvious Springsteen admiration, listeners will find a bit of the Stranglers ‘Always The Sun’ in the gentle rambling of ‘Guts’, and a love-lust narrative similarly akin (albeit much less angsty) to fellow Scottish duo Arab Strap in ‘Two Nightmares’.

Equally impressive is the band’s vast range of instrumentation, ranging from the catchy use of strings in the dreamy ‘Settle Down’, organ and brass in the reflective’ The Crucible’ and the traditional, folk acoustic heard in standout track and album closer, ‘Thurso.’

All in all, ‘Treacherous’ stands out as one of the more stunning albums of the year; Over The Wall have created something truly original by blending different styles, and the honesty in which they do it.