In Praise Of More is not quite what one might have expected, and the title itself has more than a touch of humourous irony. A rather more reflective and understated offering than the indie/ambient experiments of the first album and a complete change from the massively produced soundscapes of Three Fact Fader, it possesses a warmth and intimacy not present on either of the previous releases. It is however no less of a pleasure to listen to. The layers of effects and massed electric guitars of the last album are eschewed in favour of a more acoustic sound akin in places to the first. The arrangements are simple yet subtle giving the songs room to breathe, and allowing a greater appreciation of Simon Phipps gentle vocals, and while keyboards and sound effects are used more sparingly than previously they are also much more effective.
Much of this is down to the prescence of ambient/electronics specialist Ulrich Schnauss, who has helped principle writer Mark Peters craft what were essentially home demos into fully formed tracks which sound very much like the efforts of a band rather than a studio construction.
The songs range from the bliss-drenched acoustic heat haze of 'Las Vega' and 'There Will Be Time', through the wistful 'What It's Worth' and slight edginess of 'Twenty Paces', to more energetic electric numbers such as 'Press Rewind' 'Subtober' and the title track (with a Ricky Wilson-esque buzz saw riff and squiggly guitar finale). The stand outs for me are the title track, 'Twenty Paces' and the slowly rising grandeur of 'To An Evergreen'. If you already enjoy their music, you'll certainly not be disappointed with this album. If you haven't heard them, I'd suggest this as a very good starting point. Another musical delight.