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.