The Wave Pictures return with the promised second album of the year, Look Inside Your Heart - a warm, joyous record celebrating friendship, happiness and drunken party times. Like the first album they released this year, the more contemplative Brushes With Happiness, this one was recorded late at night whilst inebriated back at the tiny Booze Cube Studio in Stoke Newington, live to reel-to-reel tape with no computers of any kind. The album is peppered with giggles and chatter, which adds a sense of spontaneity and place. As singer and guitarist Dave Tattersall explains: "Look Inside Your Heart is intended as a rallying cry in the war against the machines; while a computer may have beaten world-champion human being Lee Sedol at Go, a machine could never have made music as joyful, spontaneous, happy, poetic, broken and rambunctious as this. Look Inside Your Heart is a bullet in the face of all pop-poseurs and robot wannabes, a die-hard continuation of the vulnerable rebel tradition of rock and roll music, a vibrant work of outsider art and a masterpiece of electric folk."
For Look Inside Your Heart, they tap in to a rich and varied musical palette, with opening track “Roosevelt Sykes” named as a tribute to the great piano bluesman, an African pop party in the vein of The Four Brothers and The Bhundu Boys. Whilst “House By The Beach” is a love song intended for the young Elvis Presley to cover in an alternate universe, with a familiar 50s call and response chorus. “Shelly” features guest vocals from Holly Holden from Holly Holden y Su Banda, which is a love song in the laid back style of early 70s Grateful Dead. “Dodge City Blues” uses the words from a beatnik prose poem from the mind of Sam James, as Tattersall explains; “the greatest singer-songwriter in New York City, a mysteriously neglected individual possessed of free flowing genius.”Further wearing their influences on their sleeves but giving them a very distinctive Wave Pictures spin, “Hazy Moon” sounds like Exile on Main Street era Rolling Stones with Tom Verlaine on Lead Vocals, whereas “Close Your Eyes Mike” recalls Highway 61 Revisited era Bob Dylan with Nigel Blackwell from Half Man Half Biscuit on lead vocals and “Tell Me That You Weren’t Alone” sounds like Astral Weeks era Van Morrision as re-recorded by Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers. The beloved trio of Jonny Helm (drums), Dave Tattersall (guitar & vocals) and Franic Rozycki (bass), further demonstrate their tight bond, weaving effortless melodies with mind bending sonic and emotional force. Look Inside Your Heart is poignant, witty, wise and wonderful.