I’ve been trying to do this review since I took delivery of Fair Ohs’ LP almost a month ago (preordered direct from their site, complete with personalised stiffener telling me how probably sexy I am) but despite playing it at least once a day (no word of a lie) I couldn’t find the words.

To be honest I still don’t know that I can, and now we’re on the eve of its CD release of the 4th July. Both our editor Oliver and I have loved this record for the past month so it’s getting to the point where it’s awkward to try and justify why this is a solid 10/10 album.

I’ll start off with the band themselves. An unassuming lot from Dalston, they started off playing hardcore and recording it to cassettes before one day stumbling across the magic of Paul Simon. After calming themselves down, they set about a quest to change 'Thee Fair Ohs' to a proper summer band and recorded a few splits and a few singles which had some of the most amazing and beautiful music on out there. One of these fell into my hands (‘Eden Rock’) when shopping in Rough Trade shortly after it came out, and I took a punt because it was £4 and I’d liked what I’d heard on their Myspace. By god was that a revelation – I almost wore out the grooves of the record and most of my friendships that summer, incessantly playing it at people so they could hear it’s genius. And now, proud owner of everything they’ve released since becoming the band they are today as well as a tee shirt and tote bag, I think I’ve found my favourite album of the decade. Yeah, we’re only a year into it, but run with me on this – it’s a fucking good album.

In my interview with them in June I asked why they didn’t keep so many of their amazing tracks on there, like 'Jeanneret' and 'Hey Lizzy' they simply responded "We said let’s put 10 tracks on the album, and chose the best. BOOM. That, my friend, is how you make a masterpiece" which has worked tremendously here. The album is of perfect length – just over 35 minutes – which is enough time to enjoy some jams but it doesn’t test patience. To aid the ease of listening, there’s a variety of influences on there, everything from the obvious – African guitars, Paul Simon and 90’s guitar music – to the less obvious – The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Gang Of Four. This is all without losing their original punk and hardcore spirit and passion. It’s not the same as their original technique of playing happy songs fast, but it’s not lost its sense of fun in its complexity.

The thing that stunning in this record most is how it’s all so close to being throwaway but it manages to keep itself exactly the right side of fascinating and fun. There’s nothing wrong with being throwaway as it were – some bands are made for and exist for parties and BBQs, but in the same way as you can play The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds in the winter and feel warmed and amazed at its beauty, Fair Ohs’ album sounds just as great on a blustery and stormy night as it does at 4pm with friends and cider. It’s that transient state of music it’s achieved that makes it some of the most finely crafted pop music out there.

Everything from the emphatically danceable ‘Almost Island’ to the angular but happy post punk sounds on ‘Yah’ to the euphoric high of closer ‘Summer Lake’, this is an album made for Summer but will survive the Winter. It’s unfashionably old fashioned, but it’s beating the hell out of Chillwave and synths to make one of the most perfect pop albums out there.

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