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Formed in 2010 in London, Toy is Tom Dougall (vocals, guitar), Dominic O’Dair (guitars), Panda (bass, vocals), Alejandra Diez (synths) and Charlie Salvidge (drums). Steered by an ambition to make music with close, likeminded friends, Toy have quickly established a sound that is as modernistic as it is faithful to the spirit of psychedelia of decades past. Marrying sophisticated chord ... Read more in Amazon's Toy Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heavenly Recordings
  • ASIN: B008DVKTMW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Reasons Why 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Lose My Way 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Drifting Deeper 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Motoring 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. My Heart Skips A Beat 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Strange 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Make It Mine 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Omni 1:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Walk Up To Me 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Kopter 9:51£0.99  Buy MP3 

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Sep 2012
Format: Audio CD
These days, it is all but impossible to make an original statement. An artist may think that what they have created is new and exciting, only to find later that it has been done before, often more than once. Fortunately, a lack of originality needn't be a hurdle as long as the final product is good, and Toy are a band that knows that there is still plenty of mileage in the jangly guitar/swirling synth/laconic vocal combo.

Right from the first chords they recall the fuzz-drenched psychedelicacies of such acts as My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Primary Colours era Horrors or a leaner, indier Secret Machines. They create soundscapes that swoon with guitar and synthesised strings, layered over a vocal that, whilst limited in range, knows exactly its business and how to go about it.

They do have their own twists on the accepted recipe to keep things interesting, though. Second track 'Reasons Why' is a prime example - opening with a mutant variant of 'Theme From A Summer Place', the song morphs into early Verve as played by people who have only recently picked up an instrument, creating beautiful music more by accident than by design. One suspects that a great deal of effort has been expended to sound so effortless.

It takes a feat of musical gymnastics to simultaneously gaze at one's shoes and beyond the horizon, but Toy achieve it with aplomb, the songs merging into one mighty flow but popping up with moments of unexpected invention to keep the listener on their toes. This is a captivating album from start to finish - especially the final moments of album closer 'Kopter', which rattles along with a sudden burst of energy and pulsing rhythm, leaving the listener excited by the prospect of starting the album afresh.

Toy's self-titled offering is as impressive a debut as you are likely to find. To the right person and in the right circumstances, it has the potential to blow minds, even if its moves are somewhat familiar.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I W M Stirling on 27 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
Imagine that the last security guard has left the biggest toy shop in the world at the close of the day. As the lights get turned off and the doors are locked, one by one the toys come alive to do what they were made to do. The sounds on this album are exquisite, elaborate, intricate and beautiful. This really is a treat for the ears. We are all likely to relate to it from the angle of our childhood, but also from a good appetite for really catchy music. A very stylish peice of work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Tree on 5 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
Toy are a Scandinavian/ British collaboration, and although you can detect some of the sensibilities of Royksopp in there, the sound is unique. This delightfully childlike slice of electronica would not be out of place in a Nintendo game, and is what I imagine Super Mario might listen to...if he had a day off from bouncing off virtual platforms. It may have the sonic qualities of a cartoon in primary colours, sunny, and filled with innocent humour, but the music is deceptively complex with real progressions and variation which reward repeated listening. Recommended... although your friends may look at you slightly askew if you hit them with it at an after party. Surprisingly satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Event2 on 18 April 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this album a few months ago now,and i still love virtually every track on it. It sounds like Jesus Mary chain/Black rebel motorcycle club,but each track is different,no weak ones on here-Love this,Buy it...
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By David_Liverpool on 28 Mar 2014
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Went to see live and fell for their music, this album is equalled by its follow-up (Join The Dots). I recommend both
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By S. J. Stewart on 19 April 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
One of the best albums of last year. First heard on 6music, and then saw them live last year, brilliant. Just buy it.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By I.is.Whirly. on 13 Sep 2012
Format: Audio CD
Oh it seems so simple.take all the best british indie music ever made.mix in a little krautrock.loads of swagger.make it all seem effortless and look cool while doing it.release a debut album that backs up any hype,that not only is the best album of 2012 but also one of the best debut albums ever.
Like all great albums the opening track 'COLOUR'S RUNNING OUT' instantly sets the mood with its shimmering guitars and hypnotic efforts.very psychedelic.
(Now in these days of homemade cd's i've personally added toy's fantastic,epic debut single LEFT MYSELF BEHIND as track 2.it fits just perfect.its staggering how confident the band are to leave this song off the lp.)
THE REASONS WHY is a poppy my bloody valentineish little beauty
DEAD AND GONE is possibly the best song on the lp.an epic track that speeds hypnotically along til it drops into a dreamy hush before redoubling its efforts to blaze a lysergic full tilt trip home.
LOSE MY WAY was the third single and is more poppish bliss.
DRIFTING DEEPER is a synth drenched driving instrumental.very droney and full of spacey effects.
MOTORING was the second single.awesome vocals over a krautrock groove and ringing guitars.
MY HEART SKIPS A BEAT is the most bittersweet romantic song on the lp.and an obvious sounding single.
STRANGE is the lps most horrors like song(the band are often liken to the horrors).
MAKE IT MINE more dreamy pop.
OMNI is a short soundscape.
WALK UP TO ME is a slow brooding ballad
KOPTER is another long hypnotic epic and a perfect closer.
Also a band whose single b sides are worth hunting down.especially BRIGHT WHITE SHIMMERING SUN which was the flip of the LOSE MY WAY single.
Epic,Fuzzy,Droney,Spacey Pyschedelic Brilliance.....YOU NEED THIS ALBUM.
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