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Reviewed on 1st December 2007.



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hey! robot! cite their main influence as Kings Of Convenience though their overlapping shared vocal style reminded me of an acoustic Maccabees; though having got four members they've got a full rich sound that is strangely melancholy and uplifting at the same time.

As an acoustic band the quality of songwriting is particularly important and fortunately when listening to their EP this is apparent; lyrics like "Daylight needs packaging / it need boxing up and then wrapping / so I can feed it to my skin / each night that I'm drowning" conjures up beautiful imagery. Of the four tracks on the EP the second song "feed off each other" is the one that immediately struck me as a potential hit; on first listen it appears to be love-song but its clever ambiguity and complexity means it works on several levels. The other songs "Days Change", "A Summer Indoors" and "Numbers and Charts" are of a similar theme and are equally well written; over an album this style could be a bit repetitive but as an EP it's 15 minutes of simplistic beauty.



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