After a couple of excellent 7"s and some pretty sweet support slots Spinning Coin finally drop their big debut album. This Glasgow band have slowly honed their sound of luscious indie-pop that takes inspiration from the golden ages of indie (both C86 '80s and early '90s grunge) but crucially remembering to add in future classic melodies to the equation.
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I've been saying it for awhile. We really need an indie-pop band to believe in. Ok we have a lot of the old timers still treading the boards and good luck to them. The newer batch of bands have their moments too but has anyone released an album of late that could sit alongside 'You Can't Hide Your Love Forever', 'Bandwagonesque' or 'The Only Fun In Town'?
Since the release of their debut single 'Albany' (frustratingly not included here) Spinning Coin have suggested they have that extra something to produce something truly magical. There is a lot to like about this band but the first thing I've noticed is that they have what seems to be the embryo of a classic songwriting team in the style of The Go-Betweens' Forster and McLennan in their number. Sean Armstrong is the Mclennan side of things singing sweet, polite, melodic songs that recall the Pastels or the Cannanes, Jack Mellin is the slightly more angular Forster unleashing angular noisy things that draw comparisons with Josef K and the Fire Engines.
The advantage of the Armstrong songs is that his pal Mellin is free to weave some brilliant guitar magic over the top of them. He really is a hell of a guitarist, using all manner of off kilter tones to ensure that the songs never get too sweet. The band too clatter along, neither under-rehearsed nor to slick. The perfect sound to encapsulate these nascent pop gems.
Their debut LP is a rare thing in modern music in that it sounds like it has been slowly crafted over a long time in rehearsal rooms and at live shows. Taking it slowly has allowed them to come with an album of myriad melodic moments and seemingly without filler.
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