Following numerous, fantastic singles and EPs, the eagerly awaited debut album from Bristol’s Meadowlark is here. Though from very different backgrounds, Kate, with her background in YouTube covers, and Dan, a director with a background in rock, have created an impressive amalgamation of their talents Postcards; an ethereal blend of bubbly indie pop and catchy sadness.
Despite the album being filled with lovely, catchy and uplifting songs, moments like ‘Eyes Wide’ start with a heavy hearted sadness. While that track develops a prominent, catchy chorus, ‘That’s Life’, another highlight, sticks to its bare, poignant, and wonderfully simple piano vocal formula. These themes of melancholy are intermittently pervasive throughout, having only the subtly cathartic pop elements to sooth the sadness.
The emotional, piano instrumental ‘Interlude’ acts as a great segue between two quite similar sounding songs, ‘Fly’ and ‘Body Lose’, the latter being one of the albums highlights, with its stirring vocals and fantastic hook. However, some of the tracks, like ‘Fly’, feel a little monotonous. ‘Paraffin’ for example, has a memorable melody in the chorus, but would be more impactful if elements of the album didn’t feel too ‘safe’. Some of the tracks here make the record one of the most enjoyable of the genre in recent times already, but it seems like the stylistic consistency comes at the albums own detriment.
Two of the best tracks bookend the album, ‘Headlights’ and ‘Postcards’ both feel like the bands most authentic expressions. ‘Headlights’ was has been previously teased on their fantastic Nocturnes EP earlier this year, but now reaches its full potential in its more electronic form, while the title track is a more acoustic yet perfectly delivered closer. With this album, the future looks bright for the group, but there is a longing that they’ll be braver next time.