42 Boots Met My Face by Admiral Fallow 2010
A more recent lp this time and one that became my favourite of 2010. This is what I wrote at the time.
Admiral Fallow are a Scottish 5 piece built around the singer and main songwriter Louis Abbott. It is a stunning set of crafted songs that are difficult to describe. There is a folky element that bring to mind a Mumford and Sons but with the banjo replaced with a clarinet, there are echoes of Elbow and some great sing along pop songs with girl/boy vocals , an earthier Deacon Blue. Okay I mentioned 3 bands and Admiral Fallow sound like none of them and I'm sure have very different reference points., but it is strange brew of the 3 that sprung to mind (with maybe with a twist of first lp Guillemots in there as well)
The lyrics are personal and full of quotable lines that bring a smile of recognition and more painful emotions hit right on the head.
"All of the songs document the first chapter of my life, be it memories from school or kicking a ball about with my childhood chums. All of the songs are taken from real life events. There's no fiction. I'm not into making up stories or characters for the sake of trying to stir emotions. They are songs about friends and family as well as a fair bit of self-evaluation.”
If this makes Abbott seem a little serious don't worry I mean there is a great song called Subuteo on the lp
If anything over time the lp has got even better.The slower songs have grown and the catchy singles remain as fresh as ever
You can buy Boots Met My Face here