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Mystery Jets

Diamonds in the Dark

(Dim Mak; US: 10 Apr 2007; UK: 4 Sep 2006)

“Diamonds in the Dark”, the lead track off Mystery Jets’ new EP, feels like a grab at more mainstream radio by a band that doesn’t necessarily need it. The pop-punk backbone of the track is nowhere near as interesting as the too-short guitar rattle that punctuates the verses, though it still has something of Maximo Park’s angular rhythms. The song’s a dream of hipster heaven—mom and dad in long-haired LES splendour, with the kids listening to the Futureheads and Field Music and Art Brut. “We would live on Delancey Street / But then you cut your hair and it ended there.” In an oddly similar way, Mystery Jets let us down on a promise. While we originally admired their thrilling rock, they’re telling us they have more mainstream ambitions. The EP’s other tracks restore some hope, at least. “Crosswords” is jittery and fun, a kind of cocaine-fueled take on the New Wave Brit sound, and a secret track at the disc’s end switches between genuine sweetness and a swirling, rhythmic restlessness. It’s a good song, unpretentious and appealing, and shows us the best of this band that is still struggling (in no small part due to Visa issues) to break into the American market. It may take a bit of tweaking, but they’ll get there eventually.


Dan Raper has been writing about music for PopMatters since 2005. Prior to that he did the same thing for his college newspaper and for his school newspaper before that. Of course he also writes fiction, though his only published work is entitled "Gamma-secretase exists on the plasma membrane as an intact complex that accepts substrates and effects intramembrane cleavage". He is currently studying medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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Mystery Jets - Diamonds in the Dark [Live @ Leeds University, 26 October 2006]
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