Thursday, December 01, 2011

STN Albums Of The Year no.48: The Leisure Society - Into The Murky Water

Ivor Novello nominations behind him, Nick Hemming and his sprawling collective put their increased exposure and confidence into a set that expanded their chamber folk-pop sound into greater depth and more interestingly classicist areas of arrangement, the strings pushing along rather than taking over. The best of Into The Murky Water recalled Paul McCartney's timelessly sure touch with melody but without being po-faced at any stage, capable of aiming for the heart's deepest recesses but at other times able to get the muscles involuntarily moving. Moments of dramatic climax lie side by side with moments where the smallest detail has been worked out in aid of making it seem direct and semi-spontaneous.


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