We Were Promised Jetpacks' third studio album âUnravellingâ is the bands most confident and accomplished record to date. Brimming with emotion and passion, this musically strong and assured album sees the unique and identifiable Jetpacks sound now grown and fully galvanised.
Many of the lyrics within conjure the notion of a conflicted protagonist struggling to keep their life on course, while battling a creeping sense of uncertainty and impending doom. âUnravellingâ is a captivating ride of tense excitement, pounding rhythm, huge walls of cavernous guitar and hyperborean beauty, all kept in check by the bandâs gifted songwriting skills.
âUnravellingâ was recorded in Glasgow at the infamous Chem19 Studios with Paul Savage - known for his work with Teenage Fanclub, King Creosote, The Twilight Sad and Mogwai.
Speaking of the latter, Jetpacks achieve similar sonic post-rock depths to their fellow Celtic luminaries, but build on that instrumental bedrock with more focus on traditional song structures. Their appropriation of post rock elements garners more accessible results, while losing none of the genreâs impact and drama.
In addition to the level of tone and texture applied to the guitars, itâs also worth noting that We Were Promised Jetpacks have a thunderous rhythm section - as powerful and tight as their twenty-one year friendship.
Jetpacks have already achieved considerable success and have a large fanbase, but âUnravellingâ shows them at a new peak, which (combined with praise for the recent premiere of album track âSafety In Numbersâ from Stereogum, Indie Shuffle and DIY) sets a likely scene for their reaching a higher level of accolades and renown.
The album release also sees the addition of a new member to the band in the form of multi-instrumentalist Stuart McGachan. Adam Thompson explains âStuart is an accomplished keys, piano and guitar player as well as having a lovely little singing voice, and with him weâve tried to do something a little different. We've known him for ages and played music with him before so we were pretty sure it would work out. It has just been the four of us since 2004, so having someone new with us has been an enjoyable part of the process.â