Galore by THUMPERS on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The British duo of John Hamson Jr. and Marcus Pepperell knew their lifelong friendship (since age 11) demanded they work together. The telepathic understanding between two friends isn’t often fair to outsiders, and together they speedily put together the dramatic, dense pop of Galore, an 11-track album that sounds like a much larger band celebrating the shimmering—and fleeting—promise of youth. “Now We Are Sixteen,” featuring guest vocals from Summer Camp, starts quietly, with a somber, nostalgic melody line that’s surrounded by so many memories, with music that threatens to detonate at any minute. That it teases us for so long is one of its greatest strengths and the kind of musical foreplay that forces us to pay attention through the album. Guitars, synths, bass, drums, and random horns supply these heavily reverbed fever dreams with an overabundance of musical details. But once you're acclimated to the sounds, “Dancing’s Done,” “Sound of Screams," and “Together Now” reveal gorgeous tunes that deserve attention. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

The British duo of John Hamson Jr. and Marcus Pepperell knew their lifelong friendship (since age 11) demanded they work together. The telepathic understanding between two friends isn’t often fair to outsiders, and together they speedily put together the dramatic, dense pop of Galore, an 11-track album that sounds like a much larger band celebrating the shimmering—and fleeting—promise of youth. “Now We Are Sixteen,” featuring guest vocals from Summer Camp, starts quietly, with a somber, nostalgic melody line that’s surrounded by so many memories, with music that threatens to detonate at any minute. That it teases us for so long is one of its greatest strengths and the kind of musical foreplay that forces us to pay attention through the album. Guitars, synths, bass, drums, and random horns supply these heavily reverbed fever dreams with an overabundance of musical details. But once you're acclimated to the sounds, “Dancing’s Done,” “Sound of Screams," and “Together Now” reveal gorgeous tunes that deserve attention. 

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About THUMPERS

London's hyper-polished indie pop duo Thumpers were formed by old friends John Hamson, Jr. and Marcus Pepperell, who began playing music together as teenagers but started working in earnest on a new project in 2011 by exchanging ideas through e-mails and various correspondences. These exchanges ultimately gave way to meet-ups for intensive recording sessions, and in 2012 the stew of ideas and recording sketches materialized into Thumpers. The two honed their catchy and hook-heavy pop recordings, eventually catching the ear of Sub Pop, who signed the band on the strength of a few widely-circulated online tracks. Though mostly working just as a duo, Pepperell and Hamson teamed with producer David Kosten for some songs on their debut and extended the live version of the band to include an often rotating cast of players. In 2013 Thumpers played shows opening for Chvrches and Everything Everything, and eventually set out on their own headlining tours. Debut album Galore arrived in early 2014. ~ Fred Thomas

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • FORMED
    2011

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