Boomkat Product Review:
Some of you might remember Mara Carlyle's fantastic debut on Matthew Herbert's Accidental imprint way back in 2007. It was a gorgeous juxtaposition of Carlyle's stunning, smoky vocals and some devilishly dreamy production (think Angelo Badalamenti and you're not far off) and was one of my favourite records that year. Unfortunately it piqued the attention of EMI, who promptly shelved Carlyle's sophomore album (back then named 'Nuzzle'), probably because it didn't sound enough like Coldplay. Thankfully, with a little help from Ikea (really...) the record has finally made its way to the shelves, and while it isn't as gleefully strange as its predecessor, 'Floreat' still serves as an ideal showcase for Carlyle's incredible voice. In place of the darkness we have a maturity that was maybe obscured on her debut, and some subtle orchestration all handled by Carlyle herself. She's come a long way since her early days of working with Plaid and Matthew Herbert's Big Band, and it's fantastic to finally hear this much delayed record.