I haven’t written an album review for a while, and it’s about time I did! So, seeing as I kind of promised, I’m starting with a band who I’m glad to say I have met and worked with on several occasions – and who are thoroughly nice to boot…
Swindon band Bateleurs have been making waves on the local music scene with the release of their EP, New Day Rising last year and now with the follow-up, their first full-length album, All In The Past released in August 2011.
Their sound is up-beat and accessible folk-rock with a hefty pinch of REM, a touch of Americana and a smidge of Dylan mixed in for good measure. Their two front men, Daryl Ball and Sean Amor are the song-writing core of the band, weaving vocal harmonies and instruments with the solid rhythms of bass and drums.
The tone of the album is set with the first track, the catchy New Day Rising, a reflective but optimistic song of new beginnings, underpinned with an ear-catching folk-guitar hook.
The up-beat country feel is continued through Ghosts, the tone turns more serious with the slower Hello Girl before picking up again for Two Steps Back and stand-out tracks The Girl With Cartoon Eyes and Rainy Days – both of which show the more indie influences of the band.
The album draws to a close with the instantly accessible And It Feels Like and harmony laden Ordinary Day, which rounds off the record nicely with a poignant good-bye song.
Overall, this is a very likeable piece of work and I definitely recommend giving it a listen.
You can find out more about the Bateleurs at their official website: www.bateleurs.co.uk