The very first thing that should be noted about the new EP from Spies is that it sounds amazing. The bass and drums are hugely confident and the guitars shimmer and shake in all the right places. Distant Shorelines is lyrically dense, rewarding constant rotation, with an extra line gleaned every so often. Michael Broderick’s vocals come thick and fast, and when they don’t, they’re coated in echo, or hidden behind the music. After about 10 or so listens (I didn’t keep track), including trying to get all the lyrics written out, I’m still only 50 per cent sure of what’s spoken; if any band needs accompanying lyrics, it’s Spies. The three tracks clock in at a total 12 minutes, beginning with a Queens of the Stone Age/(early) Arcade Fire guitar riff and a protagonist who won’t go any further into the water than resting his feet in what he thought was once blue. “You can look for the atrophy but I’ve got hands and I’m gonna use them for something,” he eventually declares. But he then decides to use them to “live round your waist”. And things conclude meekly:”I’m gonna follow you.” ‘Mint and Lime’ sees Broderick aligning himself with Morrissey, both in delivery and content, though the acidity is thankfully absent. ‘November Sun’ we’re already familiar with, though it makes more sense here, after what comes before, than it does as a standalone track. You won’t hear any of these tracks on the radio, you won’t hear them too often at the indie discos (do these still exist?), but you might find yourself returning to Distant Shorelines in your hour of need, when you want to feel a connection. You can buy the EP Distant Shorelines at Spies’ Bandcamp page for €3.