Label: Sad Setry Release Date: 28/03/2011 Link: MySpace Stick In A Pot encompass everything one would expect from a folk-pop sextet hailing from indie-folk holy grail, Brighton. Debut album, A Number More Than Nothing At All released in March this year, is a showcase of excellently intertwining vocal and multi-instrumental noise. The album’s opener ‘Decider’ seems a little unfinished, mainly because of the jumpy, unpredictable chorus which seems to appear from nowhere and sit a little incongruously in the song. Despite this, we journey with them through an indistinguishable mesh of otherwise nicely knitted, if unpolished musical and vocal harmonies, vaguely reminiscent of Fleet Foxes. ‘Navel Lint’, the first release from the album, epitomises Dylan-esque pop-folk and is certainly the most radio friendly song of the album, with the alto lead vocals and jumpy, happy riffs completing the track perfectly. ‘Ink’ is not such an easy listen, instead providing a somewhat scratchy, more synth ridden sound similar to that of a skipping record. ‘In Underpants’ and ‘Early Morning’ are the serenely muted additions, engineered with delicate, quiet minor notes and raw, sharp chord changes. ‘Early Morning’s foreboding background hum is successful in creating an uneasy musical atmosphere led by otherworldly backing vocal melodies. ‘Warning’ continues this melancholic sound, using birdsong to calm a threateningly overpowering crescendo. ‘Synaesthesia’ was easily the stand out track of the album, with an opening reminiscent of A Hawk and A Hacksaw. The multi layered track reflects its title; it is more than just words and sounds, but colours and emotions. Negatively we must consider whether concentration is placed too much upon the sound of the vocals, rather than the lyrical content, which sometimes seems a little predictable if not cliched in its rhyming and content. Unusually, the album contains two instrumental tracks: ‘Procrastina’ and ‘Tired’. These, scattered randomly in the album mean that this concentration upon vocals is removed. It is here that the carefully constructed instrumental layers allow a reflection of the integrity that inevitably went in to their making. ‘Tired’, can be seen to be a rather meditative, contemplation of the bringing together of the entire album, the title suggesting the struggle which runs alongside the completion of any musical project. A Number More Than Nothing At All is a cohesively tight debut album. What it does successfully is that it becomes exactly what you’d expect from a folk-pop album, although perhaps slightly unoriginal in parts. Where this band is unique, is in live performance, which is the best place to heighten the power of such tightly engineered multi layered tracks. Photobucket