Second album from pleasant psych-pop band Toy, again out via Heavenly. The slow jam psych-funk of Conductor begins the album and takes its time– so much for the idea of kicking off a record with a sharp rockin’ blast– building then stripping back the fed-in space-rock guitars, before developing again, the occasional feedback crunch maneuvering around at the forefront. It’s a seven minute instrumental and it certainly contains a certain confidence and independence within it.
Follower You Won’t Be The Same is one more built for radio, a by-comparison jangly-indie track, equally late 60s Brit psychedelia / late 80s indie revival. As We Turn keeps on down a similar road, if anything taking only a slight left-hand turn. Both tunes are approachable and upbeat (despite the latter’s brief indulgence near its end). Yet Toy have always had, I guess, a love for lovely indie rock as much as a penchant for swirling out-thereness; they have always kept the more experimental side as something to let off within reason, a sort of always present restraint.
The single Join The Dots is another seven-minuter, here the package already spoken of– wayward-but-controlled noise and a sing-along, tap-along tune– take their turn to show us what they can do. They remind me of the excellent Deerhunter in this respect.
Later, a track like It’s Been So Long speeds things up, keeps things tight and rolling, while Left To Wander changes tack again, here the occasional synth helps give it a smooth, extra pleasant feel, this time sounding like 80s Aussie band The Church.
Join The Dots is a more confident, possibly even consistent sounding LP than previous record, and an enjoyable one for it. The songs may not always be strong enough to pierce the brain but, while it plays at least, is a record almost impossible to come out against.