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Engineers - Folly


Review: Jack Foley

HAVING quietly mesmerised with their recent single, Come In Out of the Rain, Engineers now release their mini-album, featuring six tracks of psychedelia-laced indie brilliance.

Folly is a completely enchanting record and a brilliant introduction to the London-based four-piece, whose musical roots would appear to have more to do with Manchester.

Aptly described as 'a stoner's dream', there is no denying the blissfully chilled out quality of each of the six tracks, which rightly lend weight to the band's boast that 'we don't sound like anything current. We don't do it deliberately. It's just the way our music turns out. We're not like anyone else'.

For while some of the music is reminiscent of The Beta Band, for example, it also possesses a unique quality that makes each listen all the more hypnotic.

Engineers believe in the symphonic power of music, so from the moment the dream-like A Given Right sets things in motion, you're likely to become hooked by the epic nature of each track.

Simon Phipps' whispery vocals capably compliment the atmospheric keyboards and melodic guitars, making this a completely entrancing - albeit shortlived - experience.

Forgiveness is another fine example of the outfit's beguiling songwriting brilliance, bringing the guitars to the fore, while their beautiful cover of the Tim Hardin classic, If I Were A Carpenter, featuring drummer, Sweeney, making his vocal debut, is an absolute gem.

The really great thing about Folly is that is has you pining for more - six tracks are simply not enough - and it's not often you can say that about an album.

Indeed, it would be folly to miss out on this stoner's delight.

Track listing:
1. A Given Right
2. Forgiveness
3. Come In Out Of The Rain
4. If I Were A Carpenter
5. Nature's Editing
6. Pictobug

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