On A Season in Hull, the fourteenth studio album from English rockers The Wave Pictures, the group return to their lo-fi roots. Recorded live with a single microphone, this vinyl LP on Wymeswold Records relies on impeccable songwriting and charming grooves. The immediacy of the recording reminds us just how sharp and witty these guys have always been. Lovely stuff.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 February 2016Proving that you don’t need a budget of a million pounds and 15 years to make a record, the Wave Pictures made this record in one day using one microphone. This simple approach to recording yields an album which has an atmosphere all of its own and a sound that you could never capture in a studio environment. Everything is live so mistakes have to stay in and you know what? I’ve enjoyed this more than I have their other records. Ain’t life strange? The sound is acoustic throughout with brushed drums and multiple backing vocals. The lyrics are much clearer so you can hear the stories ‘neath the songs. I particularly like ‘Remains’ which has a Neil Young/Laurel Canyon feel to it and includes the immortal line “if I was you I’d throw that swivel chair at my head”. Elsewhere there’s the usual mix of bluesy acoustics (’The Coaster In Santa Cruz’, ’Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous') and Modern Lovers style acoustics. It’s the latter style I prefer, the songs just drift like a breeze across the cornfields. As the album wears on there are less of these tracks but solo David Tattersall works like ’The Pharmacy Cross’ showcases finger picked guitar and an almost Phil Ochs style about them. One other advantage of this back to basics approach is no (or few) guitar solos. Simple, classic.
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