By I Am Kloot
Mutually parting company with your record company would probably knock the wind out of most bands' sails but not for Manchester trio I Am Kloot. The comeback from this? Release a single on a tiny indie label immediately and get your music out there. This is either an act of defiance or a show of strength. Either will do.
The most surprising thing about Maybe I Should is that, despite the problems of recent months, this is the closest thing the band has ever had to a pop single. With the aid of Guy Garvey (from Elbow) and Craig Potter on producing duties the band deliver a Smiths-influenced 3 minute gem of a tune. This band haven't made a career from being upbeat indie guitar janglers, but here you have it. They're rather good at it too.
Second track Strange Little Girl is closer to the sound that permeated their previous album Gods and Monsters. Vocalist Johnny Bramwell delivers the dark ballad lone on his acoustic and is the opposite of its A-side counterpart sounding downbeat and lo-fi.
If this record only does one thing it shows that this band are remarkably adept at releasing consistently good quality music, with or without major industry support.