The album begins and finishes with a bleak, distant piano, but inbetween there’s a mix of bright harmonies, shimmering guitars and gorgeous strings.
The band were joined by the violin section of A Little Orchestra (set up by The Pipettes’ maestro Monster Bobby) who added some warmth and sadness in equal measure. The album was recorded by Simon Trought, who has also produced The Wave Pictures, Allo Darlin’, Fanfarlo and Darren Hayman.
It will be released on CD and as downloads by Odd Box Records on September 19th.
Pocketbooks are a pop band from London. Their first album, Flight Paths, was released in 2009 on How Does It Feel To Be Loved?, and its songs picked up radio play on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music and Xfm. Their song Fleeting Moments appears on the Rough Trade Shops Indiepop 09 compilation.
Members of the band are involved in organising the annual Indietracks festival, which takes place on a 1950s steam railway in Derbyshire. This years event has already had a 4 star review in the Guardian.
Praise for the single ‘Promises, Promises’
which you can stream over on Soundcloud
“Promises Promises is a lovely swirling dust devil of soaring strings and girl group harmonies, set alongside bittersweet lyrics” – Sounds XP
“sumptuous, pristine pop” – Russell’s Reviews
“If this is anything to go by the new album is going to be something quite, quite special” – Beer and Bands
“Promises, Promises" is a blast of summer with it's shimmering strings, lush harmonies, and just a touch of sadness” - Scatterbrain
“ Pocketbooks are making the sort of sun-dappled field-worthy swinging indiepop with melancholia that Stuart Murdoch left behind somewhere around 1997” – Sweeping The Nation