By The Wave Pictures
The Wave Pictures have got a very distinctive sound. Not that they're particularly unconventional, it's just that they're instantly recognisable to anyone who is familiar with their music, which is partly down to Dave Tattersall's idiosyncratic voice. There's a touch of folk and indie rock to their sound but underpinning that there seems to be a soul / blues ethos that's perhaps not immediately apparent. Lyrically their songs have a strong narrative that's often full of melancholy, reminiscent of The Smiths, but is also very vivid and somewhat euphoric too. On their 13 track album "Instant Coffee Baby" singles "I Love You Like A Madman" and "Strange Fruit For David" stand out as does opening track "Leave The Scene Behind" but most importantly it works well as an whole, I don't get the impression that there's any filler tracks on there.
It's quite understated and certainly not a mind blowing album but in the same way that Kings Of Leon and Archie Bronson Outfit get under your skin, it's an album that I could (and believe me I have) listen to over and over. My only complaint is why weren't "Now You're Pregnant" and "We Dressed Up Like Snowmen" included on there? Still it's a perfect album for lazy summer afternoons.