Throws are Tunng cofounders Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders, who last worked together almost a decade ago, but have hooked up again in Reykjavik, where Lindsay has been living. The combination of rekindled friendship and enchanting location seems to have inspired a new sound: a beguiling mix of highlife guitar riffs, speaker-busting sub bass and hymnal, churchlike harmonies. Occasionally embellished by Múm vocalist Sigurlaug Gísladóttir and Sigur Ros string quartet Amina, the songs flit from beaty pop to beautiful, Celtic-tinged narratives, with often thoughtful lyrics. Sun Gun, with its beautiful piano and funny-wistful words (“Goodbye to the sherbet people”), is a superb song about departing childhood, although many of these tunes are as big and catchy as anything Chris Martin has written lately. In fact, although more leftfield, The Harbour has Coldplay’s stadium tropes – an addictive melody, repeated to pulverising effect – and in a parallel universe, these songs would be wafting over a stadium near you.
Dave Simpson is a Guardian music critic and author