Although the New York band Longwave has traveled a somewhat bumpy road in the past to create their pseudo-British style, they have truly come into their own on There’s A Fire.
Part of this newfound unification is due to taking on the legendary John Leckie as a producer, who led this foursome to new musical heights with this album. John Leckie has worked with everyone from Pink Floyd to Radiohead, and his dimensions and producing methods are evident in Longwave’s collective and somewhat more cohesive sound. However, There’s A Fire does not all sound the same.
Moreover, Longwave feels like it’s coming from the same point, but like waves in a solid ocean, it moves up and down together throughout the body of work. It opens with the percussion-heavy title track, which sets buoyancy to the song by making your head bob up and down and you feet tap to its rhythm. But as soon as that upbeat emotional vibe gets too comfortable in your headphones, they hit up the listener with the deliberately ethereal “Underworld” to take you back down again. The rest of the record follows this same pattern for the most part.
Overall, the record will resonate with Radiohead fans, while still pleasing those who prefer a more organic sound. Longwave would best be described as four New York guys who consistently listen to all things British. It’s one part Strokes, one part Coldplay, and one part Radiohead; altogether they’re an eccentric mix of Brit-sounding rock, despite coming from the other side of the great Atlantic divide.