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Hassle Records

Ever since Tubelord first came to RM's attention with their stunning 'Feed Me A Box of Words' single, we've always suspected that the Kingston-based trio could produce something magical. But by god we weren't quite expecting their debut full-length Our First American Friends to be this damn good. One of those rare records that continues to grow with every play - with hidden subtleties revealing themselves with repeat listens - the more you listen to Our First American Friends, the more you just have to listen to it, such is its brilliance. The gentle strumming of 'Your Bed Is Kind Of Frightening' opens proceedings in slyly, inconspicuous style before the track suddenly explodes and Tubelord's signature math-pop rhythms and vocal play-offs arrive to knock you off your feet. Elsewhere the enchanting guitar lines and harmonies of 'Night Of The Pencils' and infectious melodies of 'Stacey's Left Arm' and brilliant lead single 'Propeller', ensure that Our First American Friends's first half is the equal of any other record you'll hear in 2009. While the second half of the album don't quite manage to regularly scale the same illustrious heights, there's still a number of standout moments like delicate acoustic number 'Cows To The East, Cities To The West' that continue to reel you in.

Having gained the considerable backing of Hassle and with a handful of big tour announcements on the horizon, Tubelord are certainties for the top, as Our First American Friends is one of the most promising British debuts of this, or indeed any other recent year.

Rating: 4/5 by Dan Jones

Tracklisting

  1. Your Bed Is Kind Of Frightening
  2. Somewhere Out There A Dog Is On Fire
  3. Night Of The Pencils
  4. Stacey's Left Arm
  5. Propeller
  6. He Awoke On A Bench In Abergavenny
  7. I Am Azerrad
  8. Cows To The East, Cities To The West
  9. Synthesize
  10. Our First American Friends

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