(I can’t find lyrics online, most likely because it’s sung so damn unintelligibly. Scuse the questionmarks)
Musically ever-so-slightly more ambitious than most of the early demos. The structure is pretty random, instruments disappear and re-appear, riffs change pretty rapidly, there’s several breaks in the song, and so forth. It’s not particularly complex or anything but Sunglass Aesthetic stands out from the rest of the demos because all the other ones simply do the verse-chorus-verse structure. This one just seems to go randomly from one musical part to another, none of which really are verses or choruses or anything.
Considering the lyrics are completely incomprehensible (James’ singing is actually pretty hilarious in this one because of it) and the musical description was done through in a paragraph, I might as well dedicate the rest of this article to ponder upon a little thing common in the majority of these pre-historic Manics demos: the tambourine. It’s everywhere, rattling all the time (more often than not frantically) and often drowning most of the other instruments under it. It’s like a lead instrument in these early demos, whilst after them it never really made much appearances outside a few songs and the live tours after 2007 when Sean Reed took the session keyboard player and part-time tambourine shaker duties. It’s probably there to cover young Sean’s drumming irregularities and to make the music sound busier than it really is. It’s moreso hilarious and often bothersome because it’s in such an empowering role (home demos aren’t known for mixing mastery) but it certainly does give these song sketches their own flair.