Boomkat Product Review:
South London band Custom Blue suffered something of a setback in 2003 when they were dropped from Island Records. It came not long after the release of their debut album All Follow Everyone (which met with no small measure of critical acclaim) and their single 'So Low' being included on the soundtrack for daft Jason Statham action flick The Transporter. Now the band (based around the duo of Alex Pilkington and Simon Shippey) are in effect starting anew, having taken a few years out to explore solo projects, produce other artists and work as session players (Pilkington plays guitar for Spacek, Mark Pritchard and Kirk Degiorgio). Former single 'Cobblestones' starts the album, bringing to mind Doves with its spaciously produced, grandstanding acoustic rock, but immediately afterwards 'Not The Only One' takes us down into more stripped-down, emotionally stringent territory before settling into a downbeat, almost jazzy groove for 'Bruised You Too' and the Verve-ish 'Sun Gate'. As the album goes on, you're barraged by well-made alt. folk jams like 'Small Animals', and 'Autumn Flight', and clearly these most pared-down sounds are something the band excel at, making Alex Pilkington's forthcoming solo album as The Willow an interesting prospect.