Wave Pictures, The / Instant Coffee Baby / If You Leave It Alone
Album: Instant Coffee Baby / If You Leave It Alone   Collection:General
Artist:Wave Pictures, The   Added:May 2010
Label:Moshi Moshi Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2011-01-02 Pull Date: 2011-03-06
Week Ending: Feb 13 Feb 6 Jan 30 Jan 23 Jan 16 Jan 9
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 12, 2011: Hangtime
Leave The Scene Behind
4. Jan 28, 2011: No Waves In Paris
Kiss Me
2. Feb 11, 2011: No Waves In Paris
Strange Fruit For David
5. Jan 25, 2011: meow
Just Like A Drummer
3. Feb 04, 2011: No Waves In Paris
Leave The Scene Behind
6. Jan 21, 2011: No Waves In Paris
Just Like A Drummer

Album Review
Trent Kay
Reviewed 2010-12-30
God dammit, why wasn't I born a Brit? Absurd & irreverent witty-as-fuck folk-tinged no-frills indie from England. Fucking incredible. Like a lo-fi Libertines-meets-Art-Brut. Reminds me a bit of Mad Staring Eyes. More obviously, a less-depressing-and-cheekier Smiths. Spare mostly-acoustic pub rock with whiny/wavery vox everyone on the net wants to compare to Jonathan Richman's. But seriously, the lyrics. Fucking. Make it. Bizarre, funny, confessional, inspired, inane, great. Better than the Television Personalities? No joke.

Herr P4K:

"...keenly observed domestic tableaus, uniquely English perspectives on hubris and buffoonery, and ample insta-quotes. Over the course of 13 tracks, Tattersall dribbles peach juice on his in-laws' sofa, steals a coffee machine, picks a fight with a marine (the marine wins), and claims he can write a better song than John Lennon."

Two albums in one, here. The first 13 cuts are "Instant Coffee Baby" (2008); tracks 14-25 are "If You Leave It Alone" (2009). Not a bad song here.

try: 1, 2, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16 18, 22
(oh hell, everything here is good)
no FCCs

Instant Coffee Baby [CD 1]
*1. upbeat bass-driven rock (fades in). strutty strokesy. surf guitar interlude.
*2. easy suuuper-british sax-informed lazy groove. hilarious relationship lyrics.
3. laid back, slightly beachy / 60s. twinkly electric guitar, handclaps.
4. high-pitched strummity uke. lyrics about how his girlfriend proclaimed her love for john lennon in an "i'm leaving" letter, then stole his copy of pet sounds.
5. snappy handclappy light guitar pop. cute, boppy guitar solo.
6. mid-slow, swaying folk pop. springtimey. sweet backing harmonies.
*7. ~6 sec intro. darkly minor strumming... bursts into a poppy rambling tune. 'la la's.
8. sloowww lilty narrative nodder. could be the walkmen on slow-mo.
*9. rockin bitter minor violin + strummed acoustic cooker. "with you inside me comes the knowledge of my death… but i still have some oranges left." wt fuck??
*10. stripped down acoustic to strum by the frog pond. summery, laid back. cute and boggling backing singalong.
11. upbeat campfire pop strum plus tambourine. could be early-dayz guster.
12. very slow, gentle brushed-drums singing electric waltz. melodic, melancholy, moving. delicate guy/girl duet.
13. sticky "feelin' groovy" guitar/uke and airy backing vox.

If You Leave It Alone [CD 2]
14 / 1. laid back mid-slow high-reg bass carries the track. some muted jazzy notes. makes good use of a beachy stone roses riff.
15 / 2. quick soft fingerpicking and naked vox. sea shanty bass + drums a minute in.
*16 / 3. fast strummed uke and simple melody, camp song feel. "da da da" singalong. "your father swims with the fishes / i killed him with my kisses"?!
17 / 4. slowish, spare. upfront vox and fingerpicked acoustic. pathetically funny lyrics over a sad, mournful melody.
*18 / 5. uptempo strum, rockin bass. minor-tinged. the first verse alone is worth it. i loled.
19 / 6. folky camp song about getting assaulted by animals in bed. deep sax solo.
20 / 7. relaxed sticky groove. tight banjoish strum action. ensemble callbacks. kinda darling.
21 / 8. train track rhythm + countryish picked acoustic. cute lyrics about wanting a less complicated relationship.
*22 / 9. upbeat b&s style poppy goodness. handclaps! "it wasn't like this at the wedding!"
23 / 10. midtempo shuffly bass-rooted rompy country fingerpicked acoustic. banjo, tambourine. ends with banjo breakdown.
24 / 11. naked and wavery vox. surprisingly sweet doubled vox chorus: "this is mine it isn't anybody else's." nice ruddering bass.
25 / 12. fairly standard pleasant folky song.

Track Listing
1. Leave The Scene Behind   13. Cassius Clay
2. I Love You Like A Madman   14. If You Leave It Alone
3. We Come Alive   15. Canary Wharf
4. Kiss Me   16. My Kiss
5. Instant Coffee Baby   17. I Thought Of You Again
6. Avocado Baby   18. Tiny Craters In The Sand
7. Friday Night In Loughborough   19. Bumble Bee
8. Red Wine Teeth   20. Come On Daniel
9. Strange Fruit Or David   21. Too Many Questions
10. Just Like A Drummer   22. Bye Bye Bubble Belly
11. I Remembered   23. Softly You, Softly Me
12. January And December   24. Strawberry Cables
  25. Nothing Can Change This Love