The second studio effort by local lads Hooton Tennis Club surely strikes hard as the indie rock hopefuls wear their hearts on their sleeve, just for us. Sounds From Nowhere is proud to announce Big Box of Chocolates is our City Album of The Year.
The record comes out so magically intimate and gives the listener a sense of ease, especially with help from producer Edwyn Collins.
The band have seemed to effortlessly create a concept album not based on some mad escapism concept such as floating cities and such, but more about the world around them and the simplistic characters that live there.
The lo-fi slacker rock slips into key once the record reaches lead single “Katy-Anne Bellis”, which tells a melancholy tale about a moving out girlfriend who vocalist Ryan Murphy pleads to come visit.
The key highlight of the album would have to be the disillusioned romantic track “O Man, Won’t You Melt Me?”. The album ends with the song seemingly perfected like the end credits, the title track “Big Box of Chocolates”.
An overall almost-perfect album from Hooton Tennis Club leads to it being named our City Album of The Year.
Hooton Tennis Club preforms at the Invisible Wind Factory tonight (December 9th) with support from Psycho Comedy and pink kink.
1. Big Box of Chocolates by Hooton Tennis Club
“The band have seemed to effortlessly create a concept album not based on some mad escapism concept such as floating cities and such, but more about the world around them and the simplistic characters that live there.”
2. Memories of The Future by She Drew The Gun
“Album successfully captures a new image for listeners, one that the band seems to be made”
3. Daylight Ghosts by Nick Ellis
“Nick brings his Scouse songwriting to the table for his debut offering on Mellowtone, in this case Ellis’ quite demeanour shines more brightly with his beautiful, almost haunting effort”.