Throws (reviewed by Thomas Haynes)

ThrowsThrows’ debut album documents an Icelandic adventure through a range of musical styles with soulful vocals and awkward drum beats. The resultant noises can be compared to The XX, slower Super Furry Animal numbers and The Polyphonic Spree.

Throws is a collaboration between old friends and collaborators Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders, formally of Tunng, who found themselves rekindling their friendship while meandering across the unearthly Icelandic landscape and recording songs along the way.
The album features space-laden tunes with soulful high-pitched falsettos provided by the Northern tones of Sam, which are reminiscent of Bon Ivor.

Awkward drum loops and freestyle live drumming prick your attention and stop this record fading into the background, while string and key arrangements provide some warmth and depth. On first listen the album sounds grounded in folk, but you soon discover some surprises such as a bit of gospel in the opening track ‘The Harbour’ and a lashing of mowtown midway through the beautifully moody ‘High Pressure Front’.

It was the front cover that first attracted this reviewer/coastal botanist, which features a large area of Spartina anglica fronting a saltmarsh and some conspicuous and defiant naked people in the middle distance.

Stand out songs include ‘Silence In Between’ which has a tender folk vibe, the moody repeating mantra of ‘High Pressure Font’, with its gradually-building string arrangement, the melancholy ‘Sun Gun’ and the exquisite spoken word and lyrics torn from some Nordic fairytale on final track ‘Under The Ice’.

Throws tells a story of travel, friendship and things lost and found which we have the opportunity to glimpse through these musical etchings. I look forward to hearing more from this duo.

 

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About Grasslands

Tom Haynes is based in Swindon, Wiltshire (UK) and works in Newbury (Berkshire). Tom is a full-time professional ecologist (wildlife surveyor and researcher), drone pilot and Managing Director of a nature conservation consultancy. He has spent the past few years surveying the UK coastline while also being involved in various other wildlife projects across the UK and Europe. In his spare time Tom records music as 'Grasslands' and as part of the electronic band 'No Side Effects'. Tom is also a fiction writer and is a member of various writing groups. In addition, Tom is a keen model maker and builds models and commissions as GrasslandsModels Websites: Grasslands Music: www.Grasslands.bandcamp.com No Side Effects Music: www.NoSideEffectsMusic.com NatureBureau: http://www.naturebureau.co.uk Grasslands Models: www.GrasslandsModels.wordpress.com
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