Porridge Radio’s breakout record enjoyed the warm, thrumming glow of critical acclaim. This gorgeous follow-up departs in sensible areas, opening the band up to Nick Cave-inspired piano/organ backing and startling lovely guitar thrashes. Dana Margolin’s vocals have assumed an update: distressed and bereft, the voice is not so much strained affectation, as it is quivering, heart-numbing reality. It’s a more patient, thorough album than its predecessor. This is a hard-fought composure and Margolin transposes it like the sharp, trusty swing of a sledgehammer. With shreds of wonder and impressive consistency, the Brighton band delve with the freedom of a four-piece seeking to tinker and improve.
A favourite: ‘Back to the Radio’
‘Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky’ is out now via Secretly Canadian.