Having read a favourable review in the Metro on Monday morning, I have been listening to the eponymous debut album by 2:54—and loving it.
Anyone who likes the relentless, stylistic purity of albums such as The Cure's Faith or Pornography will find the same satisfaction in this release. But the sound is rather more like Silversun Pickups (without the excessively whiny vocals) or some of the heavier Editors tracks.
However, the most obvious influence is the Cocteau Twins—albeit with more intelligible lyrics. The songs are essentially soundscapes, with grungy guitars and melodic vocal harmonies.
Stand out tracks so far include the dramatic Revolving, the urgent Creeping and the eerie Easy Undercover.
2:54 is highly recommended for those who are fans of the band influences cited...