Turin Brakes: The Optimist LP

Another duo. Another debut. Another excellent album. Olly Knight and Gale Paridjanian from Balham, South London, met at primary school and have been writing and playing music together ever since. "The Optimist LP" is an uplifting, soft and very mature album of instantly palatable acoustic songs. The general formula used is a fervent acoustic rhythm with obvious chord changes overlaid with clear and precise lead or slide guitar and low punctuated bass notes. "Underdog (save me)" is a very upbeat example of this formula and "Emergency 72", the next single planned to be released on October 15th starts off slowly but builds up into a very similar rhythm before winding back down. An impressive debut, and if every thing goes to plan, should launch an exciting career. Any fans of Coldplay and Travis amongst us should not be pessimistic about buying this LP.