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Cult Party - And Then There Was This Sound 12" LP


Beginning life as the as the bedroom project of multi-disciplinary artist Leo Robinson, a specialist in the kind of hushed, evocative recordings which bring to mind the intimacy of well loved acts like The Microphones & Thanksgiving. Cult Party have quickly blossomed into one of the most respected bands working out of Manchester at the moment.

Recorded last year with a close knit group of friends, including Moshi Moshi records signee Kiran Leonard, 'And Then There Was this Sound' follows on from Leo's last full length effort, the long sold out, 'Eternal Love & The Death of Everything'. This most recent album was composed and recorded at the same time as Leo, who also works as a visual artist, was busy readying artwork for his debut solo show at the Tiwani Gallery, which is due to open in central London later this year.

With his creativity at a peak, and ideas humming around his head, Leo and his band have produced a rich follow-up album with it's eyes very much to the sky. Brimming with energy, inventiveness and positivity, It is a master-class in taut song writing and economical arrangement.

Buoyed by the assistance of some of the best musicians in Manchester, Leo's guitar playing delivers a transcendental, meditative quality, adding weight to a suite of beautifully arranged and generously orchestrated songs. Alongside a minimal set-up of guitar,vocals, organ, cello, violin and percussion, Leo's baritone croon intones a sequence of emotionally expressive lyrics, veering from free-associative poetry to intimate confessionals. All of this adds up to a wonderfully warm and amiable record, which invites you into the world of its creator.

RIYL: Thanksgiving, Sufjan Stevens, The Microphones, Daniel Johnson, Richard Dawson, K Records, Laraaji, Lonnie Holley, Mississippi John Hurt.

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