This band from beautiful Cologne fits perfectly into the current folk revival around bands like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. Four boys from the Rhineland carnival stronghold dare to produce handmade rustic music beyond the chic trends.
The quartet from Leeds took four years to release their eighth studio album. Only mastermind David Gedge is left of the band that made a name for itself from 1985 to 1996 with intelligent yet chart-compatible indie pop. The reason for the long pause of the band, which returned to the music radar in 2005, is their preference for live performances. The new record has also been shaped by the desire to do so. Beside the typical band energy the live feeling was very well conveyed. Purists can be happy, because instruments and voices come across completely unadulterated, effects and similar technical bells and whistles have largely been dispensed with. The focus is on the song and its content. Gedge again singing thinks about (relationship) questions like "What does he have that I don't have" or "What does a great woman like you find in a guy like me"? All this follows the well-known pattern of the verse bridge chorus, but comes across more unconventional and fresh than the usual radio pop song.
Top track: 524 Fidelio