We Are Scientists might be better at comedy than new music. Online, their meme-like photos, absurdist Facebook posts and a silly YouTube video about their upcoming tour with Glasgow's Paws all point to a goofy and self-referential sense of humour. Somehow, this exuberance doesn't come across on their fourth album: TV en Français feels as if it's about six years too late. Remember Nine Black Alps from the mid-noughties? Return the Favour and Slow Down are reminiscent of that Manchester band's sound – all scuzzy guitars over strictly pop-structured songs. It's solid but predictable; Courage – short, sweet and peppered with crashing cymbals – stands out. Keith Murray and Chris Cain's vocal harmonies are still as tight as ever, flowing atop Sprinkles and Take An Arrow, but musically they sound in danger of stalling.
We Are Scientists: TV en Français review – more comedic than musically innovative
(Republic of Music)
Tshepo Mokoena is a freelance journalist