Toy Songs Of Consumption Songs Of Consumption is an 8-song collection of unique interpretations of tracks that have inspired the Kingston visitors toy, following on from their acclaimed 2019 album Happy In The Hollow. Songs of Consumption sonically is a continuation and development of the themes conceived on Happy In The Hollow and it will show people where we are going towards musically. The DIY approach was explored further utilising more of the electronic elements that we touched upon before. Drum machines, stripped down arrangements and rudimentary production give a primitive sound that we thought suited the choice of songs. Some of the songs have very big sounding production, so we wanted to experiment with them by going in a different direction. Music is consumed voraciously now whereas these songs came from a time when the song was of the most important thing and that's what was appreciated. Stripping them back to the essence of what they are was also something we wanted to explore. Also, we wanted to make a covers record with songs by people that influenced us in the past few years and it’s as much about the way they dealt with their ideas, and how they put themselves in uncomfortable situations in order to make something that in the end is simple. It’s a homage to the spirit of these people, that helped us to untangle ourselves from our inherent complicated nature and create a new space where we can exist. Tough Love CD | LP
Soft Toy Emergency I Kno You Want It Released February 16th Super fun and bouncy snynthy pop with a punky edge. This band look and sound super young and their first release shows a lot of promise. A. I Kno You Want It B. Circles http://www.myspace.com/softtoyemergency Friends Vs Records 7"
The Toy Guns Nice One Jerry A. Nice One Jerry B. Shoot The Boy 'Nice One Jerry' (the title is inspired by The Specials Jerry Dammers) is an incendiary blast of ska-punk, delivering its anti-racist message with flair and intelligence. 'Shoot The Boy' clocks it at under two minutes, and not a second is wasted - this infectious, raw and dirty track is like one long chorus. My Space Regal 7"
One Toy Soldier Concrete Smiles at the Midnight Hospital Diner More great stuff from Bravestar Records, this time the long awaited album from Northampton 4-Piece 'One Toy Soldier'. 1. Needles The Miracle Boy 2. Pack It Up Kids 3. Force Of Patience 4. This Soldier Is Not A Toy 5. Together In The End 6. Snakes And Ladders 7. Your Loss 8. Desperate 9. Find Your Goodbyes 10. Wear And Tear Check out One Toy Soldier's My Space Bravestar Records CD
Toy Happy In The Hollow 'Dinked edition' is on transparent vinyl and features exclusive alternative artwork that has been hand numbered + a bonus 7" with two secret tracks. For avoidance of doubt, the centre is a standard spindle size, and not dinked. Indies exclusive LP is on 'behind blue eyes' coloured vinyl. The highly anticipated fourth full length from TOY. Atmospheric, post-punk influenced tunes. If you're into the likes of The Horrors, Wooden Shjips, Spiritualized or Brian Jonestown Massacre then give this a listen. Happy In The Hollow is entirely uncompromising: an atmospheric capturing of a state of mind that touches on Post Punk, electronic dissonance, acid folk and Krautrock. Familiar qualities like metronomic rhythms, warping guitars, undulating synths and Tom’s gentle, reedy vocals are all in there, but so is a greater emphasis on melody, a wider scope, and a combining of the reassuring and the sinister that is as unnerving as it is captivating.' The sound has without doubt expanded — and grown more confident — in part because this is the first album for which Toy has become a self-sufficient five-person unit doing everything for themselves. “Each song was a blank canvas,” says Maxim. “Producers inevitably develop their own patterns over time, right down to certain drum sounds. We were starting from scratch and it felt very creative as a result. It’s an album we feel deeply connected to”. Tough Love Records CD | LP
Toy The Willo / Energy A new 12" from Toy, featuring two songs that were recorded and mixed by the band and their first release on their new label Tough Love. ‘The Willo’ is a dreamlike, seven-minute glide, redolent of a forest at sunset and just as pretty, but not without hints of malevolence. Maxim's fingerpicking acoustic melds with electric twang from Dominic, and a whirling organ from Max Oscarnold gives this elegant creation an extra layer of disorientation and depth. “People appear to have seen Will-o’-the-wisp, a mysterious green-blue light, over the centuries. It generally means something ominous is about to happen", says Tom. Then there is ‘Energy’, which lives up to its name with thunderously metronomic drums from Charlie Salvidge and a ferocious guitar from Dominic O’Dair. The lyrics, culled from a story written by Max about a nighttime ritual, are obscured by the barrage-like forward momentum of the music. Tough Love 12"
Toy As We Turn Expected 23rd June New limited 12" from retro-psych-garage band Toy featuring As We Turn from Join The Dots plus Conductor [Tom Furse Extrapolation remix] and an alternate version of You Won't Be The Same recorded for a Part Time Punks radio session in LA. Heavenly 12"