Jonquil are a joy. Their debut album, Lions, is heartrending – full of hushed melancholia, interspersed with moments of gang-like bombast. But on follow-up Point Of Go, Jonquil have decided to be a pop band.
The shadow of frontman Hugo’s solo project Chad Valley looms large here, the album swooping between sparkling synth elation and the bright, treble-filled guitars that characterise so much of Blessing Force’s collective output. On the surface Point Of Go is a more positive record than its predecessor; it has the stadium pop aesthetic running through its gleaming veins. But the sadness of Lions persists, providing a bittersweet jolt to an album full of instant pop delights.
Point Of Go is out 5 March on Co-Op.