Phil must be releasing an album to coincide with his recently announced tour, because the vinyl release of Dregs has been pushed back from November 6th to, well, we’re not sure now. There just isn’t enough vinyl left in the world apparently, it’s all being saved for No Jacket Remastered, or something similar. But on the plus side, if you’ve pre-ordered it, you got your download code today! So life’s good again!
And it’s really good. If you don’t know Tuff Love, where have you been, but they’re Julie and Suse, from Glasgow, and from what I can tell they’ve basically been gigging almost non-stop for the past 2 years. I happened to see them early 2014 for the first time (regular listeners will know where and who else was playing. Answers on a postcard. Don’t send it anywhere, just write it down and ask me if you’re right next time we meet.) and I instantly fell in love with the jangly dream-pop coming from the stage. I’m more than willing to be proved wrong, but I think this is their third ep, following on from Junk and Dross, and a split 7″ single with Lazy Day that came out on Record Store Day this year.
You may have noticed a theme building here, with the names of their ep’s, but I can assure you what you get is anything but the bottom of the barrel. 5 tracks of indie pop at it’s best, soothing harmonies and Byrds’ish guitars. I’ve listened to it a few times today, and each time I’ve found myself swept along by it. The first three tracks, Duke, Crocodile and Threads, are most reminiscent of their earlier material, (no bad thing by the way) whilst Amphibian and Carbon are more complex songs, showing the endless touring hasn’t restricted their songwriting skills in any way. A full album must be on the horizon, and I can’t wait. Buy Dregs and you’ll be wanting more too. It’s out soon, hopefully 3 weeks, on 10″ yellow vinyl and you can order it from Lost Map. Do it. Thank you.