The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - | MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Self-Re­leased Formed four years ago, Dublin’s Fic­tion Peaks held fire un­til now to re­lease an al­bum; it’s. It was a wise move, as too many new bands get the itch to un­leash ma­te­rial too early, anx­ious or im­pa­tient to show the world how amaz­ing they are when re­ally they’d be bet­ter off fi­ness­ing raw songs into some­thing of value.

Cit­i­zen, the band’s de­but, side­steps the pit­falls of rush­ing it; if you’re look­ing for a handy guide to how to do things the right way, then take a pew and bang out a beat to songs such as

Be­fore the End (slow burn elec­tro-pop), Shim­mer (ex­per­i­men­tal pop/psych riffage), Spring’s in Bloom (string-as­sisted pop most melodic), Ether (a clued-in tune overtly, ex­pertly ref­er­enc­ing The Bea­tles) and Elec­tric Gal­le­ria (serene elec­tron­ica en­livened by found sound). fic­tion­ Cit­i­zen ★★★

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