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  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Numbskull HQ
  • ASIN: B004OKFITK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. All of The Things You Were Hoping For
  2. Stuff
  3. Secret
  4. Our Street
  5. The Factory
  6. Everyone Leaves
  7. Autumn Song
  8. Pure Imagination
  9. Sometimes
  10. Standon Green End
  11. Wolf Boy

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Playtime by Sparrow is the first release on hot Brighton indie label Numb Skull HQ who operate out of the legendary John Peels favorite music pub the Prince Albert. Described as "sublime" by BBC presenter Phil Jackson the band have a live session booked for March 20th 2011 on BBC Southern Counties to celebrate the release of the album. Press Comments: The Source Magazine: "Mining, Rock, Pop and Folk...delicate balladry that this song simply redefines" XYZ Magazine:"Give them a year and Sparrow will have transformed into a Mighty Thunderhawk" Bored of Brighton: "unforced and delicate combining sparse measured arrangements and beautiful harmonies" Electric Grapevine: "Perfect for those looking for a band that can both captivate and relax it's listeners"Sparrow make intelligent, sparse and beautiful guitar music. Their debut album Playtime (signed to Brighton based label Numbskull HQ) inhabits a quietly off kilter universe. The music has an early 90s alternative influence running throughout, comparisons have been made with Low, Radiohead, Eels, early Cure and primitive new wave. The rhythms on Playtime are heavily influenced by dance music except everything is played in real time. Playtime is free from electronic instruments, post production, reverberation on vocals (B52's and Prinzhorn Dance School), effects, editing, tuning and quantizing. There are no overdubs. Sparrow never record more than they would perform live. The four met in Brighton, became close friends and formed Sparrow. Sharing a common way of life and love of music, the four friends adhere to their own type of musical feminism; believing your gender and sexuality needn't overshadow the music you make. Sparrow set out to make music that was more about staying in together than going out, reflecting the closeness that they all feel. Lyrically the band are concerned with everyday life and the beautiful mundane things that go uncelebrated, Playtime is about finding warmth and joy in your immediate surroundings, in the things that you might take for granted. A contrary set of voices in a culture that says what you have is not good enough and who you are is wrong. Playtime is the soundtrack for celebrating otherness.

Review

"Give them a year and Sparrow will have transformed into a Mighty Thunderhawk" -- XYZ Magazine

"Mining, Rock, Pop and Folk...delicate balladry that this song simply redefines" -- The Source Magazine

"Perfect for those looking for a band that can both captivate and relax it's listeners"
-- Electric Grapevine

"unforced and delicate combining sparse measured arrangements and beautiful harmonies" -- Bored of Brighton

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Format: Audio CD
I'd never heard of Sparrow til I heard 'Secret' on Tom Robinson's show and bought this on the strength of that. 'Secret' is definitely the best track - some other good ones - 'Wolf Boy' 'Stand on Green End' and one or two a bit duff ones - 'Pure Imagination' 'The Factory'. A whole album of stuff as good as 'Secret' is expecting a bit much I suppose - maybe next time. They remind me a bit of that other Brighton band of years ago that never got the success they deserved - The Popguns - although this album is not as strong as any of theirs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Playtime is Definitely Worth Pressing Play 10 Oct. 2012
By ATrainEnt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"This is the debut album from Sparrow, a Brighton four-piece who arrive with a carefully thought-out manifesto: lyrically, they celebrate the simple things in life that we often take for granted, making them, according to their label, "a contrary set of voices in a culture that says what you have is not good enough and who you are is wrong". Excellent. We could do with more of those. Musically, they limit themselves to playing everything live, with no overdubs and no processing -- not even reverb on the vocals. Fortunately, they don't get so bogged down in their own rules that they forget to make any decent music. Their hushed boy/girl harmonies, sparkly guitars and restrained melodies combine to create a sound that references Low, Television and Bends-era Radiohead, and is as intriguing as that set of influences suggests." -Mark Edwards, Sunday Times
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