The hard-to-pigeonhole South London newcomers produce a debut album that’s as charming as it is eclectic.
"If I were to sum up Paused In The Moment in one word, it would simply be ‘sweet’. Van Susans’ debut album is full of songs touched by the naïve innocence of youth, and while at times this can be a little overpowering, on the whole it makes for an utterly charming album.
It’s difficult to classify Van Susans’ music as being of one genre or another, as there’s a fairly diverse array of songs on the album. ‘Stepping Stones’ and ‘What It Is To Lose’ draw influence from American pop rock, with the former being reminiscent of Less Than Jake-style ska punk. It’s a fantastically uplifting song and interprets American punk rock attitude in a gentler, very British way. Other songs on the album are similarly poppy and upbeat, in particular lead single ‘Bricks Not Sticks Or Straw’, which kicks off the album with its infectiously cute melody and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. And then there’s ‘Popo’, which is irritating, silly and I want to hate it, but I just can’t get it out of my head.”
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Originally published on UnderSong on 11/06/2012