Every now and then an album comes along that makes you remember why you fell in love with music all those years ago. Dancing Heals' second album You Will Never Be Younger Than You Are Now is one of those albums that reminds you why you listen to music every chance you get; be it in the car, on public transport, at work or at home. It reminds you of the escapism and vivid illustrative moods that a supremely crafted album can provide.

The Melbourne locals’ new album, the follow up to their 2012 Into The Night makes their wonderful debut effort look somewhat middle of the road. As this reviewer stated when reviewing that record for The Dwarf “it is mystical, starry and mesmerizing indie-pop gold”, it’s just that this album sees the four-piece grow immensely from just a year ago.

For those who are familiar with their previous songs, the spacey and thoroughly atmospheric sounds are still present, however there is more ballsy rock here as well as more hook-laden songs. Yet somehow the disc never strays too far from being easy to listen to in pretty much any mood or situation.

Album opener ‘Raise the Dead’ starts off slowly but effortlessly evolves into a six-minute whimsically-tinged affair from an instrumental perspective joined by striking vocals from joint frontman Jon-Lee Farrell.

‘Always On My Mind’ showcases fellow frontman Dan Trakell’s ability to harmonise with the aforementioned Farrell. One of the release’s highlights ‘Get Up’ also sees the dual vox work perfectly, with this time Trakell taking vocal duties during the verse.

‘Until the Next Time’ is a sultry affair from the vaults of Farrell. The song was written along with a number of other songs that were only uploaded onto MySpace (needless to say it was some time ago) in the months following previous band Sojourn’s break-up. Also in this “self-indulgent bedroom record”, as Farrell referred to it as, was previous album hit ‘Hilary May’.

From the album’s softer beginnings the tail end tends to get grittier involving riffs-a-plenty. Tunes such as ‘Underneath It All’ and the brilliant ‘Laura’ are some of the best tracks on the record. The latter demonstrates the band’s ability to switch between softer styles, cinematic soundscapes and old-school rock'n'roll with seeming ease.

You Will Never Be Younger Than You Are Now is a record that is carefully cultivated and layered yet also accessible from the first spin. The songs' content and lyrics are as thought-provoking as the cleverly titled album name. Dancing Heals have lovingly crafted one of the strongest and most enjoyable Australian albums of the year.
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