Label: Universal Link: www.myspace.com/noahandthewhale

 

From a cryptic album title to a rather simple verdict – Noah and the Whale are great, better than great, they’re exactly what I’ve been impatiently waiting for. The music scene’s been overrun by young indie bands, with no acoustic wonders to be seen. Finally originality has arrived. Noah aren’t a band that you can pigeon hole, neither is their album a tragic draw out of their hit ‘Five years time’. As promised, there are eleven tracks that stay true to a laid back, balmy sound; perfect for park strolling and 3am thoughts (Not necessarily at the same time, without possession of a rape alarm)

 

Charlie Fink’s melancholic voice pairs up very nicely indeed with Laura Marling’s, for some stunning harmonies that will charm your ears off. If this album gets you all loved up with Noah, you’ll love Laura’s solo work – ‘Alas I cannot swim.’  She’s a talented songwriter who squirms her way into working with bands all over the place, like the Mystery Jets. Laura doesn’t accompany Noah for all their shows when they tour – I’m not sure if it will work as well without her. Don’t get me wrong – Charlie is a very talented singer, but if you’re offered two bits of chocolate cake, it would be a shame to just take one. Thank God that she’s very much about on the album, slinking in between Charlie’s vocals.

There’s definitely a heavy folk influence behind Noah, with lots of modern touches. In my mind, none of the songs quite challenge the sunny jaunt that is ‘Five years time’, but then you should always start out with your best face on. It’s one of those albums that follows through on the blurb on the tin: A London band doing something fascinatingly new on an album which is fascinatingly genius.