Mystery Jets - Flash A Hungry Smile (Rough Trade)
Jared Lynn | Saturday, 31 July 2010
Summer singles should always be fun, grabbing the mood from the sun and forcing people onto the dance floor. 'Flash A Hungry Smile' will do just that.
Like the rest of their new album, Serotonin, Mystery Jets' latest single echoes 60s psychadelia with a great burst of festival freedom. It's a blend of uplifting and catchy melody, cheery whistles and fuzzy electronic distortion which somehow doesn't grate on your ears. It's a brave record for an indie band and could easily class them as irrelevant pop drivel, but the sense that the Jets simply don't care gives the tune the real sense of freedom that it craves.
It's also impossible to dislike a song which flaunts the line "Have you heard the birds and bees? They've all caught STDs". That's a lyric which is certain to crack a smile on the face of even the sternest indie cool kids. If it doesn't, then quite frankly they shouldn't be allowed out in the summer. Admittedly, the rest of the lyrics are pretty forgetful and uninspiring, but the melody has already baited and reeled you in by then.
'Flash A Hungry Smile' is solid summer indie pop. Have a listen and embrace a happier mood. Job done and aim accomplished for the Mystery Jets.