Acrobat – Travelling Ferry (single) (Parlour Records)

Back in February we reviewed the debut single Invincible from London via Chichester 4-piece Acrobat. A brilliant rock n’ disco number that channelled The Blockheads and, to a lesser degree, Duran Duran as well as Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Invincible was an exciting introduction to the band and breath of fresh air in a world overrun with banal pop.

Acrobat are now preparing to release their debut self-titled 4-song EP, which will also include the above mentioned track.In anticipation of its release next month, the band has unveiled another track from the EP: Travelling Ferry. At less than 3 minutes in duration, it’s as close to pop perfection as you can get.

Travelling Ferry is a retro fusion of tasty 70’s funk bass, shimmering organ chords, and disco-beats, driven by Hugo Hamper-Potts’s ever catchy, punk-flavoured vocal hooks complete with layered harmonies.

Within 30 seconds we’re introduced to the chorus but there’s enough interesting quirks to keep the track interesting (in particular, the song’s arrangement, which includes an excellent vocal breakdown around 2:00).

Like Invincible before it, Travelling Ferry again sends a big nod to The Blockheads, sounding genuinely like it’s been plucked right out of the 70′s with its organic production and its choice of instrumentation.

Two tracks in and we’re sold on Acrobat. Keep a watch of these guys throughout the rest of the year.

The Acrobat EP will be released on 5 May, 2014 digitally and as a limited 12″ vinyl (300 units only) with an inner risograph printed postcard, featuring paintings by singer Hugo Hamper-Potts in collaboration with designer Dario Utreras. The EP will be released on Parlour Records – the label who also put out the excellent Woman’s Hour debut single last year. Pre-order the 12″ vinyl now.

Listen to Travelling Ferry below: