TOY have shared their new album Clear Shot, ahead of its release on Heavenly Recordings October 28th, release, via NPR. The album follows their debut self-titled 2014 release.
Splitting their time between Tom Dougall and bassist Maxim Barrons place in New Cross and Dominic ODairs flat in Walthamstow, where they set up a makeshift studio and laid down the early album demos, Clear Shot began to take shape in the first half of 2015.
Taking inspiration from an esoteric blend Radiophonic Workshop, Comus, the scores of Bernard Herrmann, John Barry and Ennio Morricone Fairport, COUM, Acid House, Incredible String Band, The Langley Schools Project, The Wicker Man soundtrack and even the direction behind Electric Eden, Rob Youngs book about the development of folk music in the U.K. by the time they entered Eve Studios in Stockport in October 2015 with producer David Wrench, the band were clear about the direction the album should take.
“The result is a lushly cinematic, shot through with their most expressive melodies thus far and coated with a sheen courtesy of Chris Coady (Beach House, Smith Westerns, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), who mixed the album in LA with some of the reverbs and vocal processors used on Purple Rain, across the 10-tracks strands of ideas appear, sink and re-emerge in an almost modal jazz manner”.
Recorded with producer David Wrench towards the end of 2015 at Eve Studio, the track listing of the 10-track album is as follows:
Im Still Believing
Clouds That Cover The Sun
We Will Disperse
Spirits Dont Lie
TOY are: Tom Dougall (vocals / guitar), Dominic ODair (guitars), Maxim Barron (bass / vocals), Max Claps (synths / modulations) & Charlie Salvidge (drums / vocals).
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