Label: Rough Trade Release date: 01/11/10 Link: Official Site Mystery Jets have always struck me as a bit of an oddball of the indie-rock set in the UK. There didn’t seem any obvious placement for them when their debut album Making Dens dropped back in 2006. With their prog-rock influences, inclusion of sounds from their unusual living circumstances, not too mention the fact that one of their dad’s was a fellow band member, Mystery Jets have always felt a little different. No matter what you made of their follow up, Twenty-one, there was no way you could accuse them of resting on their laurels. Back then the 80’s revival wasn’t anywhere near as obvious as it is now and although not every older fan received it all that well it opened the door for them commercially as well as inspiring indie music to dig out the synths and embrace the glam. And if you are undecided as to whether this means Mystery Jets were a blessing or a curse for modern indie, lets just say they are much to blame for likes of Snow Patrol attempting dance, as they are to thank for acts like The Maccabees gaining increasing exposure. In an attempt to seemingly continue in the same vein, new single ‘Show Me The Light’ kicks off with a bouncy, very 90s synth bass-line that is a little worryingly similar to school-disco hit ‘Saturday Night’. Thankfully as soon as the almost trademark-able combo of singers Blaine Harrison and William Rees voices kick in things take a turn for the better. The melodies are upbeat, instant and travel nicely around the very dance-orientated music. The chorus drops after all of 40 seconds and the best thing about this track is that it never really stops, the second verse is a brief a section of music you will ever here. The synth patterns first expressed in Twenty-One returns for the middle-8 and the songs maintains its likeability from start to finish. ‘Show Me The Light’ is a cracking dig at indie dance pop and the 90s influences are handled excellently, but listening to the track you cannot help but feel that Mystery Jets are capable of so much more. One listen to ‘Alas Agnes’, a single from their debut, reveals a band that seem to take pleasure in challenging their listener, encouraging you to keep up with their musical vision without caring if you don’t. Sadly, this vibe isn’t apparent on this latest single, but that doesn’t mean it isn't a very likeable slice of pop pie. Photobucket