To paraphrase the timeless Troy McClure: hi, this is Milo Greene. You may remember them from a couple of years ago when they released a semi-decent self-titled debut, but have kinda been quiet since. Except they released a brilliant song called White Lies last year which was shamefully ignored by far too many people.
There’s very little danger of that happening with this second album. The California quintet have been honing their indie-pop sound to near-perfection, as Control bursts with so much life and pizzazz that it’s practically the equivalent of the hands-in-the-air emoji.
Take the immaculate sun-soaked surf of On The Fence, for example. Balancing a boy-girl vocal with literally all of the verve, it’s the perfect example of what Milo Greene are good at: two-handed, rollicking indie-pop that balances nostalgia with freshness (Not Enough is a particularly brilliant 80s-influenced jam). Even a lick of heavy guitar on Heartless doesn’t detract from any of the charm.
Simply put, this sophomore effort is a joy to listen to. Tight production, faultless harmonies, even an xx-style moment on Royal Blue – there are very few bands doing this like Milo Greene, so there’s little more we can advise than to sit back and surrender to this Control.