In Towers & Clouds
It could be that this album journeyed across from its native Ireland in some sort of neglected crate or via uncharted gull. The Immediate's album 'In Towers & Clouds' has appeared with no sign of The Immediate themselves, and armed with only muted radio play and an image of terminal ordinariness, the saturated indie scene of Britain is unlikely to want them. Oh dear.
The Immediate are like Starsailor given a great kick up the arse; eyes widened and full of excitement, eager to neglect the lure of self-pity. It's brit-pop that provides the album's good bits; 'Fashion or Faith' sports a guitar opening of classic reverberation and the album is saved hugely by some Supergrass-inspired 90s attitude on tracks 'Stop and Remember' and 'Aspects' that throw a chunk of meat at an otherwise scrawny child. Apparently the caretaker at their school, and given the odd tag of 'musical mentor', introduced the band to their influences. Unfortunately though, at its low-points, much of what comes through on this album sounds and feels like a stitch. 'Lonely, Locked Up' is thoroughly debauched by its uneasy verse and too frequently is the listener invited to a track of uncomfortable and paralysing melody. With anticipation at how this may flourish, certain tracks like 'Don't You Ever' and 'A Ghost in the House' never build to anything finally at ease with itself.