They are a strange lot Toy, they never completely blow you away but they are very pleasant to listen to. This is their third album and they recorded it themselves then sent it over to the states for a bit of gloss. It carries on the moody krauty template from previous albums and lead track 'Fast Silver' has some rather moody atmospheres which certainly bode well.
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Here’s a band called Toy from the North City of The South that is Brighton. We’ve been ever so slightly observing their sub-meteoric rise to garagedom since 2012 when they released an eponymous debut of Broadcast-influenced guitar band stuff, but we’ve since listened to that SEXWITCH record a lot, a brief but bombastic krautrock bulletin in which the band worked with Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan. On ‘Clear Shot’ the band get back to doing their thing, which is being low-tier goths with emotional chord sequences.
Of their three records, there’s no doubt this is the best, a record assured in its influences and almost autopilot in its uncanny indie rock structuring: “Clear Shot” builds around a simple repetition a la Deerhunter, eventually invoking synth additives and a noisy outro. “Another Dimension” skews itself just that little bit, following the odd chord with a gloriously jarring one as if they were BedHead having a board game dispute with Unwound -- the best trick of all, though, is that sparkly vocal harmony that lifts the song out of its stupor.
Toy do something quite nice -- I’m not going to call it special, because the music is so fucking referential -- in that they’re able to smooth out their rougher rock edges with the dreamier and often more twee inclinations of Galaxie 500 or Felt -- there’s times when this record goes from focused, motorik strain injuries to the most romantic shit I’ve heard all year. I regret to inform you we’re endorsing another guitar band.
10/10 Johnny Customer review, 24th September 2016
Not having heard Toy's previous LP's I can safely say I'm not a hardcore fan. On listening to this record however, it's pretty clear that this is one of the LP's of the year, it's bloody magnificent!
The songs here twist and turn with deft chord progressions and changes that take you by surprise. I like my music to keep me interested and Toy manage this even over the course of 6 minute songs.
It's sometimes heavily psychedelic and yet new wave at the same time, sometimes sprightly pop as well 'I'm Still Believing' sound like Felt on happy pills.
The glorious 'Clouds That Cover The Sun' delights with moody changes and melancholic coda.
Overall this LP sounds like The Lilac Time on LSD having listened to the Velvet Underground and a lot of English post punk bands.
Fantastic stuff, go and buy it.
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