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Toy

Toy Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Colour's Running Out
2. The Reasons Why
3. Dead & Gone
4. Lose My Way
5. Drifting Deeper
6. Motoring
7. My Heart Skips A Beat
8. Strange
9. Make It Mine
10. Omni
11. Walk Up To Me
12. Kopter

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fuzz 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome first album... 18 April 2013
By Event2
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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album Of 2012 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Toy 25 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This comes across as a very well produced and made. It just did not grab me. There is a very good track, Dead and Gone and a couple more less memorable. The rest of the LP, well it sounds like a homage to My Bloody Valentine/Loop/Spacemen 3. Certainly not new or original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trancendent 8 July 2013
Format:Audio CD
Combines subtle shoegazery rock - multiple layers of fast-but-careful guitar strums and keyboards - with hard-driving rhythms + absolutely beautiful melodies. For such a new band, this is a surprisingly sophisticated first album.

Tunes are atmospheric, pschedelic, dark but paradoxically joyous. Brings to mind the best of older bands like My Bloody Valentine, Spiritualized, but catchier, like Lush or maybe Ride. Still sounds newer, more futuristic. If pushed to find a complaint, I would say that lyrically they are a bit (maybe) simplistic, but that could be put down to the band's youth.

The sad thing about these guys is, it is specifically because they have surfaced with such lovely, catchy songs in this current sea of sound-alike "indie-rock-pop" bands, that they will no doubt be overlooked, if not ignored, by the band-wagon obsessed music press.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 7 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Saw this band alongside British Sea Power in London, and they were amazing! I'd never heard of them before, but on the strength of their live performance I bought this album and I was not disappointed. Listen at volume, there is so much to hear and you don't want to miss a note!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Toy
A group with a new and exiciting sound. Hope this CD is just the start of a strong career. Recommended.
Published 11 months ago by Ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars every track a winner
I bought this after hearing them on 6 Music and then seeing them at the SWN festival in Cardiff last year, I really love every single track on this album, probably one of the best... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jules
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
In short, Toy sound like a lot of the mediocre bands that were around in the 90's. Not the new sound I was expecting after the good reviews in NME although there are some glimmers... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lawrence Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars toy
My daughter likes the tracks on this cd. It was a christmas present. arrived promptly and good value. Good cd
Published 14 months ago by Mrs Joanne E Harrop
5.0 out of 5 stars Toy CD
Quite a difficult CD to get hold of, which is rather surprising for an upcoming new band, but the present was much appreciated by my partner (and myself). Very good album.
Published 14 months ago by Debbie B
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
very good service, the item arrived quickly and in perfect shape. i would happily do business with them again in the future
Published 15 months ago by Roberto Fabra
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't usually write reviews...great album!
One of the best new albums of 2012, with Kopter one of the great finishers- a splendid debut and I'm sure there's loads more to come.
Published 15 months ago by Mr. N. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars play ..TOY
I had the pleasure of seeing TOY backing the HORRORS in Bristol this year and they were exceptional .. Read more
Published 15 months ago by tu nombre es
5.0 out of 5 stars Play it; play with it; play to it...
I must agree with the previously published reviews - a storming debut. A maelstrom of swirling sonic attack overlain with trippy guitars. Read more
Published 17 months ago by The Mole from the Ministry
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