The Wombats are back after four years and a busy touring schedule, with their new album Glitterbug. They have always been labelled as indie, but this is not the case for the poppier direction of album number 3.

Opening with a groovy drum beat and expressive synths Emoticons tackles the new era of romance and text talk. “And all these emoticons and words, try to make it better but they only make it worse” sings frontman Matthew Murphy with strong intent.

The band have not completely left their indie roots as there are tracks like Your Body Is A Weapon and Give Me A Try which echo their previous thoughtful alt pop. The four piece have embarked on a new synth pop phase, yet still combine the melancholic lyrical content that fans know and love.

Listen to Emoticons below:

Words by Sam Rees

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