Five years ago we introduced London based quintet Arthur In Colour to our pages after they sent us a copy of their debut EP Malatrophy.
We loved the Magnetic Fields style vocal combination of band leader Arthur Sharpe and Lizzie Owens, as well as the quirky, psychedelic pop of its five tracks.
Its been a long wait but finally we have a debut album to listen to, Nocturnalium, which thankfully offers that same strong vocal blend and pop sensibility.
There’s a lovely, feel good vibe to their tracks, which were partly recorded using broken instruments and equipment they found in the studio. They also used what was at hand for further home recording experimentation – including playing guitars with spoons and distorting glockenspiels.
Among many highlights are the Owens and Sharpe duets on the elder romantic number Dating in Old People’s Homes and Mariella, which they have wisely made a quirky video for to promote the album. Lover’s Digest is also strong, an instant indie-pop classic.
The Belle and Sebastian sounding I Love You Because You’ll Do is another excellent track and closes an album that’s been well worth waiting for.
by Joe Lepper