Boomkat Product Review:
It's incredibly easy to fall in love with an album when it takes in elements of slow-core, post-rock, shoe-gaze, folk and pop music so effortlessly, and when the richly textured instrumentation balances out grandiose gestures with quietly reflective passages, we're primed for singing praises to anyone who'll bother listening. This debut album from 5-piece band Spokes will satiate those of you yearning for new material from Mogwai, Mono or Explosions In The Sky, and if (like us) you fell in love with Do Make Say Think's career defining last album "You, You're a History in Rust" you'll have just discovered a natural bedfellow in the form of this majestic album. Ruth Ilgunas' sublime violin playing in particular adds an extra dimension to the recording (indeed, bringing to mind Do Make Say think's latest recruit Julie Penner), offsetting the occasional cacophony with substantial introspective weight. The opening track "We Like To Dance and Steal Things" echoes Radiohead's seemingly unparalleled ability to make popular music challenge and defy the middle of the road, opening with a beautifully arranged instrumental passage that builds and escalates into a tumble of crescendo and tempered euphoria. "Young People! All Together" employs a similar starting point but adjusts the template into a more anthemic beast, field recordings of children playing preparing the ground for a brief and adrenalin fuelled vocal section before the track ends with staggered guitars and crashing drums slowly dispersing to reveal the quiet sonic detritus of static and hum. "Precursor", meanwhile, opts for a vast, widescreen aesthetic that takes its time unravelling, while the closing "end credits / loveletter" showers the audience with a guarded optimism that's almost too pretty for words, marrying skittering drums and fragile strings with a constant capacity to build and propel itself forward, finally letting go with a solitary piano bringing the album to a close with a tinkle. Absolutely gorgeous stuff and a real find....ESSENTIAL PURCHASE.