Indie [Release date 04.11.15]
I first heard Many Things when they supported The Polyphonic Spree last year and they bowled me over with their quirky pop and ear for a good melody. The band consist of Michael Tomlinson (vocals/guitar), Macks Faulkron (drums) and Gabi Woo (keys) and they have released a series of singles in the lead up to this, their debut album.
The album starts with the electronic pop and effects strewn ‘Holy Fire’, something they return to on ‘Paranoid People Meet In The Middle’. The latter has an amazing use of vocals and effects, one for the headphones that’s for sure.
‘Alpha Romeo’ is a classy pop rocker, with a hook filled chorus. ‘Heaven’ is a synth led pop tune, for those old school types like me OMD come to mind on the synth arrangements. ‘Dear One’ with a steady drum beat and waves of piano/synths is another tune you will be humming after just a couple of plays. ‘Chains’ and the title track highlight the vocals of Michael Tomlinson, backed by the keys/synths of Gabi Woo.
Many Things are as their name suggests many things from electro through to pop, rock through to the odd indie shuffle. If like me you have a wide, eclectic musical taste and a love of a decent melody this album will tick all your boxes. One of the best debut albums you will hear this year or any year. Go in with an open mind and ears you will be in for a treat. ****1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
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