Monday, 16 September 2013

Album Review - Randolph's Leap - Real Anymore

Easily one of Glasgow’s most prolific bands, Randolph’s Leap return with the fantastic Real Anymore mini-album which really is something everyone should hear.  From technology to nature to a career as a telephone psychic to a terrifying trip to the home on the Indie King, Real Anymore takes you on a fantastically upbeat journey.  As ever the music and lyrics are spot on with bonus points being awarded for the line, “it’s not an exact séance” in the track Psychic.  Picking a stand-out track or two is genuinely hard here as the quality of the songs is maintained throughout but if you were to force me I’d say it's between two.  Psychic and it's tale of a man down on his luck who changes career and even meets up with Derek Acora or title track Real Anymore with a stadium sized chorus are the ones to listen out for. 

An easy comparison to draw is with Belle & Sebastian but for me Randolph's Leap offer more much more than that.  From the acoustic loveliness of Conversation to the near of free form jazz ending of Technology there’s something for everyone and not just jumper and scarf wearing indie fans as the band would put it.  Highly recommended all round.

- David McElroy

Randolph's Leap - Real Anymore is available now via Olive Grove Records on limited cassette, CD (either in independent record stores or direct from the band) or download via iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.

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