Despite its loving title, ‘Big Love Blanket’ will be unlikeable to some: it’s a cocky, liberty-taking piece of indie-rock that covers a little too much ground. It’s also very enjoyable for those same reasons. Personal Trainer sail across the busy seas of post-punk and art pop, with Travis Morrison forming part of the cabin crew alongside Beck and Gorillaz. Not content with entering any landfill, the band embrace a genuine kookiness to construct their debut. It is well-conceived, written with originality, and impressively sharp in both the arrangements and production. The excesses and confusing flow are mostly fun and forgivable as part of an upbeat package.
A favourite: ‘Former Puppy’
‘Big Love Blanket’ is out now via THE INDUSTRY.