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In Gratitude – Only In Youth

November 25, 2010 by  

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In Gratitude – Only In Youth

NAME: In Gratitude
EP: Only In Youth
DATE: 4October2010

LABEL: Self-Release


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Cuddly Melancholy From The South

LOCATION: Glastonbury, UK

LINE UP: Matthew Guttridge – vocals, guitar, keyboards, Daniel Hayes – drums, vocals, Andy England – bass, vocals, Adam Mason – guitar


WHAT’S THE STORY?: Relatively unheard of in the music press, In Gratitude release their debut E.P: a beautiful collection made all the sweeter by the fact that it can be downloaded for free. Hooray!

SOUNDS LIKE: You’d be forgiven on first hearing this E.P for thinking that Matthew Guttridge’s vocals are the work of a sweet female singer rather an a sensitive indie fellow. But don’t let this put you off – the man has the most hypnotic, lilting voice that you’ll be totally enchanted by in a few listens time. And worry not, a few listens to this E.P is in no way a chore. For a first record, In Graritude have achieved a rare thing; a collection of songs that flow seamlessly together with just the right degree of melancholia combined with upbeat, well thought out arrangements. Peter Miles’ soft production compliments Guttridge’s feminine vocals perfectly. The atmospheric swell of ‘Moving On’ is a particular standout, with a floating, almost comforting breakdown and gorgeous My Vitriol-esque 90’s indie backing vocals thrown in for good measure, while ‘Delirious’ sums up the tone of the E.P as a whole; a bittersweet pean to lost love while it’s protagonist attempts to move onwards and upwards. Each track is lyrically almost poetic while the quiet influence of Jimmy Eat world, and yes, even The Smashing Pumpkins slowly reveals itself.

The only real criticism that can be levelled at In Gratitude is on the inclusion of the dubby ‘In All Dishonesty’ remix, which seems slightly tacked on and goes some way in messing up the flow of the record. Apart from this blip, ‘Only In Youth’ is damn near close to perfect. The band have made something really special and deserve a great deal more attention than they are currently getting.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: Your ears are made warm and cozy by Jimmy Eat World and ‘Melon Collie’ era Smashing Pumpkins.

LINK: http://www.myspace.com/ingratitudeuk

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