Memphis Industries, February 2012.
The Sunderland brothers, Peter and David Brewis return with a mix up to their line-up and their fourth studio album. The ambition of this album is commendable (if you are willing to let it grow on you) but it’s unlikely to be love at first listen.
Plumb has an English feel, though it’s a departure from the London lo-fi shoegaze or the indie clubbing early-naughties-revival. Yet the jam-packed 15 song, 35 minute album is just shy of chamber pop as well. If you’re looking for the sound of fun and interesting British music, you’ve come to the wrong place.
Instantly you can hear the influence of The Beatles which is always a bonus. There’s not much that’s similar to Field Music floating about at the moment either. Their sound however needs a few listens to trudge through its complexity to the goodness so fans and newbies alike will have to give it some time.
There are creative song arrangements but you can get lost in Plumb, the first few songs can easily bleed together. The album’s extra layers and texture make it stand out from the standard northern guitar band style but (four albums in) it probably isn’t friendly to first time listeners.