I admit it. I bought "if wishes were horses" purely because it was on (originally) the wonderful Sarah records label. Those who know Sarah bands will have an idea of what to expect; post-smiths jangly guitars (sometimes strummed with a feather); and nostalgic singing of innocence/youth, joy, love and tears. Blueboy encaptures this perfectly.
The sound? Swirling, enraptured and certainly etheral, the intricate plucked guitars coupled with Keith Girdler's yearning boyish vocals happily provide an intoxicating experience. I guess your thinking it sounds sickenly sweet that it'll probably rot a tooth or two. Maybe, but at least you don't have to sing along with a mouth full of sugar because lyrically "if wishes were horses" (including the EPs) has a few "dark horses" in disguise. "too good to be true" has Girdler protesting against a society who can't take him for who is, the spoken "fondette" detailing
unjustices far away and too close to home, and "clearer" rallying against homophobia, all the while juxtaposed by candy guitar. Some of the songs have a (especially the acoustic numbers)a pastoral, spanish vibe to them. All in all an album full of indiepop gems that certainly grow on you with repeated listens.
If you like this look out for other Sarah bands like Brighter, Field Mice, Harvey Williams/Another Sunny Day.