Album review: Folks - I See Cathedrals

Straight from the heart and steeped in influences from Britain’s classic songwriting era, I See Cathedrals is an exciting start for Manchester’s Folks

Singer Scott Anderson has a helf-decent stab at classic songwriting on this Manchester outfit’s debut record.

The gloomy, appropriately-called Where Does The White Go? evokes his rain-drenched vignettes with velveteen trumpet and piano, while there’s more than a hint of British Invasion-era melodies to be found.

Yes, it all sounds familiar, but with a fresh sheen.

They’ve already toured with Miles Kane, Noel Gallagher and The View and another slot under Band Of Skulls should see them taken to the hearts of many.

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Influences on this six-piece’s sleeves range from ‘60s psychedelia (the tuneful, doleful strum of People I’ve Known) to classic rock’n’roll (the strident, hard bop of recent single Skull & Bones) and The Kinks (the softly-spoken ditty Ink), so they’re easy to like. But crucially they’ve done it well.

Who knows when their sell-by date might be, but perhaps it’s just best to enjoy it while it lasts.

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