This is just an incredible album from the most under-rated and creative band in the UK. I was a big fan of the band's 2006 debut Red Thread, and therefore had very high hopes but I am honestly truly blown away by this album. The album has been produced by Dan Carey (Sly & Robbie, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand) and it has a beautifully warm and expansive sound with some lovely electronic touches. Highlights are many but include Lullaby, Runaway Town and I Don't Want To Be A Part to which all three, for me, best capture the album's air of longing.
As always with Keith it is quite impossible to categorize their music - in fact, the one unifying element in their sound is the lack of easily identifiable styles. They do, however, seem to touch effortlessly on Mancunian reference points without being backwards-looking or reverential; it's there in the Morrissey-esque twang in the vocals, the echoes of Joy Division-era Hooky in the insistent bass, and the references to A Certain Ratio's proto-house drumming in the intricate beats. But there's more there too: Krautrock, Afrobeat, jazz and electronica all bubble up in Keith's mix.
I hope they gain a wider audience - they deserve it.