I notice that two of the bands of 2008 have, or are about to have their second albums out, Foals, following up 'Antidotes' with 'Total Life Forever' in the next month or so, and Laura Marling, moving on from 'Alas I Cannot Swim', to yesterdays release of 'I Speak Because I can'. I'm sure we've all read a million times, or at least been subjected to, second album syndrome. Plucky youngsters put 20 years of angst and/or pent up creativity into album number one then are required to justify the record company's investment by bashing out another in the space of six months whilst in the back of a sweaty bus with two groupies on their lap. Seems unlikely doesn't it.
However, album two is also about positioning. Both of these acts are very much synonymous with their youth, Foals coming out of the Oxford house party scene and heavy rotation on E4s Skins programme, and Laura Marling, bless her cotton socks, being about 17 when the last album came out.
No surprise then to see a big redesign for the band logos. Gone are the swirly-wirly teenage doodles from the covers. Foals illustrator in chief Tinhead has even gone so far as to wheel out the Helvetica, or something quite similar. Laura settles for a rather grown up serif-ed font.
Certainly there seems to be a more grown up sound coming from Foals, I'll embed a new video 'Spanish Sahara' in the next post. From Laura, well, she was never kidding us with those swirly doodles, she was grown up beyond her years already.