Toy Horses – Toy Horses

Toy Horses – Toy Horses

One of the best things that can happen for new bands is to have a celebrity endorsement.
Toy Horses turned out to be Stephen Fry’s favourite new indie band, resulting in over 2.5 million Fry-followers eyeballing this Welsh duo. Besides that, the album is produced by former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer, who also plays on this album, and Toy Horses were proclaimed to be the highlight of SXSW by US radio guru Nic Harcourt.

With the re-release of their self-titled debut album planned for today, it is time for us to have a listen to the album and test Mister Fry’s immaculate taste of music and listen to the phenomenon of Toy Horses.
Their latest single Play What You Want drops a massive ska influence and angry lyrics which immediately pull your attention and make you sing along with the chorus in no-time. The typical harmonies in And It Was You make you wonder if this album is a re-release of a 60’s or 70’s album, and not just one of last year, which underlines Toy Horses affinity for the 60’s sound. With a diversity of tracks such as the indie-rock No One’s Gonna Leave You and ballads as the up-tempo Interrupt and slower Last Chance, Toy Horses’ album never gets dull.

It rarely happens that all tracks on an album are to such a high standard; there are literally no filler tracks on this album. That is also the reason why the album only lasts 33 minutes. Even halfway, Loyal To The Cause, Love at An Arms Length and Oh Violet are absolutely gorgeous tracks.

Verdict: 4.5/5
Toy Horses’ album quickly goes on repeat without losing its charming character. Not only due to the fact that the album only takes around half an hour before going on repeat, but also because it is such an easy listening and highly accessible album with 10 beautiful and radio friendly tracks.
Toy Horses deliver a friendly yet stunning debut album that logically found its way to numerous ‘the best of’ shorlists and very positive reviews on the web. Big chance that it will end up in our Best Of 2012 list as well.
Coming back to Stephen Fry; we have to conclude that he has a good taste of music. Well, in this case at least!

Toy Horses self titled debut album has been re-released today on Albino Sparrow.
You can buy the album at Amazon and iTunes.
Toy Horses are supporting the re-release of the album with a tour this March.
For more information, head over to Toy Horses Facebook page.

Track list:
Play What You Want
And It Was You
Sordid Little World
Damage Done
Last Chance
Loyal To The Cause
Love At An Arms Length
Oh Violet
No One’s Ever Gonna Leave You



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