I think I've found my soundtrack for summer (well at least until the Stornoway debut lp arrives). I bought this lp on the basis of a track that was on one of Word magazines monthly free cds.
"Sunshine and other misfortunes" is the debut lp of duo the Candle Thieves. The songs are pure pop but with the added twist of a casio keyboard and glockenspiel. Having grown up in the fens I can safely say that the band is one of the best things to come out of Peterborough (okay so there isn't much competition)
It is not all sweetness and light, as the sweet and sugary pop tunes hide some darker lyrics.
If anything they remind me a bit of a cross between Eels and the Lightening Seeds
The lp is full of the catchiest tunes that are just the right side of quirky. Be warned though they do tend to stick in your head like glue (and they are to be avoided if the 'rock n rawl' posturing of the likes of Kasabian is your thing!)
Go to their myspace site here and you can hear 3 tracks from the lp as well as getting a free download
You know we can't stay young forever
But we can stay young for the rest of our days