Proving the wonderful ‘Photobooth’ was no fluke, the new 5 track EP, recorded with Stephen Street, is another treasure trove of boy-girl harmonies and dreamy pop soundscapes. ‘You Forget So Easily’ is introverted melodic pop with a strong Cure-ish bassline. Meanwhile ‘New Years Day’ seems inspired by Elliott Smith’s restless spirit and his talent for rescuing melody from the darkest of corners. The other track on here that's worth singling out is former single ‘Just A Silhouette’, which is a glorious riot of jangly guitars. Skinny young guitar bands from London are still ten-a-penny but what marks Exlovers out is serious talent.
We also see them launching the single in the Pure Groove shop on 9 September. The five piece might need to work on their stage banter but musically it more than passes muster. Although they only let loose on their closing song ‘Weightless’, their gift for drawing forth melody from melancholy is impressive and the quality of their three singles to date (in just over a year) shows that there’s substance to the band. Think of the Lemonheads with humility and a fondness for the Beatles songbook and you might be on the right track to describing Exlovers.