'Every Stitch, Every Line'
Released on 18 May 2009 on Organ Grinder
As exponents of woollen-clad, posh-voiced folk, I was more than sceptical about the possible merits of this latest offering from the fast-rising Londoners Left With Pictures. Happily, `Every Stitch, Every Line` is a lovely slice of authentic jangly folk-pop; gentle, perfectly-poised and enjoyable. Often, this type of music can suffer from over-complicated or overly sparse instrumentation, but this problem is nailed with a densely textured and layered sound which retains an inherent simplicity. From the Belle and Sebastian school of quirky pop, Left with Pictures add an individualistic, melodramatic sheen to their sound that is as endearing as it is accomplished. The chorus is memorable but not over-repeated, and its succinctness is the secret of its success.
Left With Pictures have pretty much written the perfect folk-pop song. Someone should tell Noah and the Whale.
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