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Young Aviators – Self Help

Kimberley Manderson


The debut album from the irish-born but Glasgow based trio, Young Aviators, is released through Glasgow’s Electric Honey – the independent label famed locally for releasing early efforts from the likes of Belle & Sebastian and Biffy Clyro. But is the album Self Help good enough to have the Electric Honey charm work on it?

Well album opener Sunrise On The Motorway and aptly named closer Sunset On The Motorway prove promising. They are enjoyable bookends to this short album. Opening with delightful harmonies and a chilled out vibe, you get the idea of what kind of indie ride you’re in for. Then by the time the latter rolls around, you feel like you’ve been on a magical journey you’re not quite sure you’re ready to return from.

The intermittent seven tracks are where the album really comes to life though. Forward Thinking starts with a bang and sounds like something that’s been crafted by mashing up some Franz Ferdinand riffs and melodies with a Kasabian vocal. Its catchy, repetitive chorus complete with “ooohing” is what keeps it stuck in your head.

This is a formula which seems to work well for Young Aviators, with repetitive, burrowing-in-your-head choruses on First Day On Earth and Future Pill. If you listen closely too, you can hear just a trace of an Irish accent in parts – not as strong as Two Door Cinema Club perhaps, but enough to bring their name into your head while listening to Future Pill at least.

To mix things up, A Love To Change Your Ways is a far more Coral-inspired track. The laidback tempo and vocals which turn from harmonies in the verse to a louder, more passionate chorus are giveaways, only the melody and riffs are a lot more sombre.

A cheekily short album, just over 25 minutes in length, what Self Help lacks on the time front, it makes up for in good old indie hits. Quirky song titles like Deathrays In Disneyland and We’ve Got A Name For Folks Like You are added bonuses for songs which take a different look at people, self and life whilst treading through the socio-political woes they live with. Very clearly inspired by the work of fellow city-dwellers Franz Ferdinand, with a little help from other iconic indie bands to keep the mix fresh, Self Help is a great debut which is not too self-indulgent or serious.