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Talk In Code - All In (Regent Street Records Ltd)

16 June 2024

Hear the name Talk In Code and certain words spring to mind about their music; specific phrases are conjured to describe their sonic persona. Infectious and accessible, stadium-sized pop-rock, anthemic and cinematic, indie-poise, creatively deft and sophisticated. And all of that and more can be found in their new one, “All In.”

Songs about love and relationships not working out are the stuff that the contemporary music industry is based on, but in contrast to such ubiquitous tunes, most of which take the form of throwaway songs that pander to the innocence of the first flushes or the bitter aftermaths, “All In” is a totally relatable and wonderfully mature song.

It’s a song acknowledging that sometimes it’s just about timing and second chances; it’s about where people are in their lives and who they are fundamentally rather than anything as cliche as trying to rhyme moon with June or writing lyrics to lay the blame elsewhere. This is grown up indie-pop at its lyrically most honest.

And, as always, even within this more reflective and pathos-infused sonic crucible, the music that drives the narrative is again their trademark big and bold sound, a shimmering blend of analogue anthemics and digital dexterity. It is chiming and charming, shimmering and shining; the sound of pop traditions being run through the filters of indie cool and rock energy.

Pop used to be the music of the young and innocent, music that reflected life’s first steps, tip-toing through the minefields of love, loss, longing, and life’s rich and often difficult tapestry. Talk In Code makes those sorts of songs, but does so for an audience who have been around the block a time or two. You know, real people.