Described by leading Llama Sean O’Hagan as a spring album, the band’s latest release can certainly be seen as such, both in a literal (being as it is, y’know, spring time) and a broader sense – soaked with warm, pleasing harmonies.
Talahomi Way feels in perfect synch with the early good weather, as if fate had conspired for once to do the band a favour.
It hasn’t always been this way for a band entering their third decade, but with reviews of the record suggesting a return to their heady 90’s days of perfectly crafted pop (albeit with a greater acousticemphasis), camp Llama must surely be in a particularly buoyant mood.
Boasting a sound referencing the old while simultaneously forging new, idiosyncratic paths, The Llamas embark on the northern leg of a UK tour with renewed vigour; it’s our fortune that those fates are at play again this weekend, delivering them to the suitably warm and woolly surrounds of The Williamson Tunnels.
High Llamas, 14 May
Doors 8PM/Tickets £14, available from Ticketline and Probe Records