Left With Pictures
Album ‘In Time’
Rel.: February 21st 2011
Label: Organ Grinder Records
Throughout 2010, Left With Pictures set themselves the challenge of recording and releasing a song and video for every month in conjunction with Gideon Coe’s show on BBC6 Music, which debuted the tracks on the last Monday of each month. These songs were then released via the band website as a free download and at the Christmas party, the band will play all 12 ‘In Time’ songs in order.
“A sound that’s as pop as it gets when it comes to instant gratification, but also soaked in the woozy melancholy of the finest Arcade Fire.” Clash Magazine (Live Review)
“Left With Pictures make gloriously engaging pop that we really ought to cherish.”
The Line of Best Fit
London’s Left With Pictures formed in 2005. They started with three hard-up, classically trained musicians – Stuart Barter, Rob Wicks and Toby Knowles – who forsook the orchestra pit for the sanctuary of Toby’s parents’ loft. Armed with melodicas, guitars, violins, kazoos, ‘found sounds’ and a shoestring budget, they began with a self released EP in 2005.
In 2006 they released a second EP as part of the AsYet collective – (which also featured David Goo, Roxy Rawson, Miss Jo Williams, William Nein and more). The EP was entitled “Making Chalk”.
A download only single entitled Bows and Arrows followed in 2007 – which prompted a feature by Rosie Swash in The Guardian, admiration from various online reviewers, and a highly successful debut festival appearance at End of the Road.
In 2008 LWP signed to Organ Grinder Records, added two new members Tom Walker and Ed Seed – and released an EP entitled “Secretly” which was praised by The Guardian, Drowned in Sound, Time Out and others – as well as prompting their first ever slew of radio play. The band also collaborated with Peggy Sue – releasing a vinyl only EP entitled “Body Parts” under the band name Peggy Sue and the Pictures.
In 2009 Left With Pictures were championed by the likes of Gideon Coe, Steve Lamacq, Bob Harris and Lauren Laverne, headlined London’s Bush Hall, embarked on a tour with support from the hotly tipped Broadcast 2000, and launched their debut album ‘Beyond Our Means’ at a sold out launch party at Hoxton Underbelly (A contender to be crowned the most heart warming album of the year – 8/10, Drowned in Sound).
Left With Pictures second album ‘In Time’ is even more varied, with synthesisers meeting piano and strings, sparse a-cappella harmonies sitting alongside dense musical textures. Each song carries a flavour of the month for which it was written, but retains LWP’s English pop sensibilities.
“In Time has worked out as well as I could have hoped. It’s been really special to have a band delivering a song every month without any noticeable stretch of the deadline. Listening to it track by track has been a great introduction as well. I think it’s shown the band in a variety of guises, month by month, and it’s also shown what a splendid, splendid band they are.” Gideon Coe
“Left With Pictures’ great In Time project is an inspiring example to us all”
Markland Starkie – Sleeping States.
“LWP’s experimental approach to both their music, and the way they release it makes them truly unique.They are a rare breed and a band that should be treasured.” Broadcast 2000
“Left With Pictures’ music is beautiful, intricate, and clever. A great band.”
Katy Klaw – Peggy Sue
“In Time” is excellent, and any resulting album will probably be the best thing they’ve ever done.”
The Daily Growl