Released: 24th August 2018
Best tracks: She Needs Him, Under Wraps
What do you get when you mix a boy from Cumbria with a boy from Norway? Unexpectedly, the result is a fantastic indie dream-pop duo.
Invitation to Her’s is the second album from the young Liverpool-based band Her’s. This album is a collection of carefully-written lyrics paired with ear-pleasing instrumentals, showing a more fine-tuned, mature and confident transition from their debut album, Songs of Her’s, released just a year ago.
On the first listen of Invitation to Her’s, it is clear that the band have done their homework, managing to take the best aspects of the latest indie pop and rock sounds and mash it together into one album. You would be a difficult customer to not fall in love with at least one song on Invitation to Her’s.
The beginning of the album consists of jazzed-up Mac Demarco sounding songs, especially the third track, If You Know What’s Right, where the vocals are even resembling that of Mac Demarco. The album then moves to the airy pop song Carry the Doubt, and then to a more mature indie-rock sound on the songs Low Beam and She Needs Him. There’s even a 60’s sounding song, Blue Lips, which Her’s revealed to DIY magazine was inspired by bands such as The Beatles, Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson and Van Dyke Parks. It really is clear that when it comes to ticking all the boxes, Her’s can do it, and are clearly a very smart and talented duo. Even if their name is grammatically incorrect.
If I had to pick a negative with this album I would say it is the ever so slight lack of originality. It is apparent that Her’s have a lot of influencers, and these are easily picked up throughout listening to this album. However, being constantly reminded of other songs and artists that Her’s have impersonated does leave you wondering if this band have actually found their own distinct sound yet.
The album is finished with the wistful ballad Under Wraps. A song about showing support and comfort to your loved ones when they’re having a hard time, this track features melancholic and forlorn lyrics throughout. The opening lines ‘I can’t say that I saw it coming / But it’s true that I wasn’t surprised / Never made much sense of your heavy sigh’ immediately sets an emotive mood for this song, right through until the lyrics in the outro (‘The moment that you tell them / is the end of where you’re at / and once it’s set in motion / you will not be turning back’). The song ends with a fade out, which mimics the slow and almost sleepy beginning instrumental in the opening track Harvey. This ties the whole album together and makes for a really nice ending to a great second album.