Anything to do with the Royal Mail might sound like a dirty word at the moment, but don't write off American trio The Postmarks because of these connotations.
They sound like a version of Au Revoir Simone, softened by the Florida sunshine of their home state, and fans of the seemingly disparate pairings of The Cardigans, Belle and Sebastian, Midlake and The Bookhouse Boys will find common ground in their quietly haunting lyrics and catchy melodies. Their first, self-titled album received great praise from Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, and they have approached the notoriously difficult second album Memoirs At The End Of The World - which is due out at the beginning of next year, although already available via Spotify - with seemingly bashful ease. Tracks like The Girl from Algenib have the kind of melodies which evoke epic cinematic interludes, whilst Don't Know Till You Try and has electro-echoes of Bell X1 who - handily - they are supporting at Shepherds Bush Empire on the 19th November. Theyre in good company too - the heart-racingly awesome Harlem Shakes supported the Irish band on their stateside tour, and it seems Paul Noonan et al have continued their great taste in support acts on these shores too.
Tickets are available here for a mere £14 - scandalously cheap for two great bands at what promises to be an epic gig.