This is a slightly late review – I bought this CD when it came out in 2004, listened to it a few times, then got distracted by other things. I was reminded about it (and its recently released follow-up) when I saw the band playing outside the Sage on Sunday afternoon, and I’ve been giving it a few plays since then. Two years on, and the standout track for me is still the single Heliopolis by Night, an only slightly bonkers tale of being abducted by aliens. The rest of the album is a bit more sensible, and shows off the instrumental and vocal talents of the band. I’m not sure how to describe their sound – it’s a vaguely softish folky sort of thing for the most part. Quite a relaxed sort of music, featuring at various times fiddle, mandolin and glockenspiel as well as the more usual guitar, bass and drums.
Vocal duties are shared between guitarist Riley Briggs (who also did most of the chat at the show), Ruth Barrie (also plays various keyboard thingies) and Sarah McFayden (who does the fiddling and mandolining), and it all fits together in a very pleasing and mellow manner.
If you like people like, oooh, say Ben Kweller, you might also appreciate this.
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