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Workhouse - The Sky Still Looks the Same

  by Anthony Strutt

published: 22 / 3 / 2014

Workhouse - The Sky Still Looks the Same
Label: Oscarson
Format: 10"


Beautifully packaged and presented ten inch vinyl EP and first release in three years from Oxford/London-based band the Workhouse, who combine indie rock and shoegazing components

'The Sky Still Looks the Same', which has been released on new German label Oscarson in lavishly packaged limited edition 10"vinyl, features the first new material in there years from Oxford/London-based three-piece, the Workhouse. They are now trimmed down to a three-piece, consisting of Chris Taylor (vocals, guitars, bass), Mark Baker (guitars, bass) and Steve Hands (drums, vocals). Originally the Workhouse were largely instrumental, but in recent years and particularly on their 2011 third album 'The Coldroom Sessions' Chris Taylor, who sounds somewhere between Paul Banks of Interpol and Lloyd Cole, has been bringing vocals to most of the songs. Musically they combine early Wedding Present indie roots with shoegazing elements that knit throughout and extend the beauty buried underneath the surface. 'F.N.O.' starts off sounding like a faster version of Joy Division's 'She's Lost Control', before wild guitars kick in screaming into the mix. 'Now I am on Fire' sways like a soul-seaching Kitchens of Distinction, while 'Western Skies', recalls the Chameleons. The closing number 'Seven Stars' is a sheer beauty of instrumentation A stunning release.

Track Listing:-
1 The Sky Still Looks The Same
2 F.N.O.
3 Now I Am On Fire
4 Western Skies
5 Seven Stars
6 The Sky Still Looks The Same
7 F.N.O.
8 Now I Am On Fire
9 Western Skies
10 Seven Stars

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