Bristol slack-janglers Langkamer offset world weariness with perfect guitar pop on ‘Sing at Dawn’.

The first taste of their second album is packed with little pockets of joy that never outstay their welcome.

Photo: AJ Stark | Words: Lloyd Bolton

An immediate bouncing bassline flecked by shreds of guitar sets your head bobbing in spite of the obstinate weariness of the broken yodel, “You go this way, you go that”. It takes less than 3 seconds to love this song. This latest single from Bristol slack-janglers Langkamer is a delightful trailer for their forthcoming sophomore album, a charming burst that seamlessly juxtaposes the bright and the jaded.

The immediacy of every element gives ‘Sing at Dawn’ a sense of natural propulsion. Dying leaves are swiftly evoked in a list of colours, “yellow, red and brown”. The cold weather is invoked by the presence of a “November blanket”. These images swirl in a collage trusting the listener to catch the drift of the Breakfast Records signees.  

The song’s rousing chorus, reminiscent of Parquet Courts’ evocation of Lynyrd Skynyrd, could feel worthy in the wrong hands. Here, however, it receives so little build-up that it carries a sense of awareness of its lazy knowing generality. “All my friends are making money, all my friends are getting drunk”, we are told with a flippant delivery that indicates how unfulfilling that sounds. Following one chorus, the zero to one hundred guitar breakdown captures a moment of revelry in the joy of making music. In its way, it distracts from the concerns raised in the chorus’ ambivalent side glance at professional success.

The coda that trails the song off wonderfully explains the musical agenda of the whole piece, which establishes and moves on from ideas as efficiently as possible. Though there is room to create a huge build in the refrain, “I’d like to see you in the light of day”, this idea is caught and clipped like a moment in a film. It is indeed a cinematic image, performed as a shot that lingers but not for a second too long.  As such, it ties up as perfect a two-and-a-half minutes as you will hear this year.