I Am Kloot – Let Them All In

Ever since I first heard ‘To You’ the opening track from their debut album ‘Natural History’ I knew that I Am Kloot would be a band to watch. ‘Let Them All In’ is their sixth studio album and one of their best it is both beautiful and understated. Produced once again by Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Craig Potter it is a perfect bedfellow to the elbow sound. The only difference between them being the voices, whereas Garvey is angelic and ethereal Bramwell is earthy and coarse but a song like ‘Even The Stars’ could have been written and sung by either band. Opener ‘Bullets’ puts you in mind of what to expect from this record, the fuller sound of previous album ‘Sky At Night’ has been stripped away in places allowing the ten new compositions to take a minimal approach. ‘Mouth On Me’ recalls the scally swagger of ‘Shack’ circa ‘H.M.S. Fable’ while ‘Hold Back The Night’ is laden with lush strings. Elsewhere acoustic guitars are occasionally punctured by slabs of feedback or some horns and subtle drums and bass hold the backbone on which Bramwell hangs his masterful lyrics. One thing a lot of musicians fail to achieve is to give the songs room to breathe but here the band are a dab hand at just that, leaving space where needed and not over playing. Title track ‘Let Them All In’ is an impeccable example of the I Am Kloot sound, the way it unconventionally drops before the chorus, its bold and different and that’s why this band aren’t filling stadiums, they are just too clever to allow themselves to go down that route. Constantly challenging and fourteen years into their career it doesn’t look like they will sell out anytime soon I just wish that more people would take them to their hearts because after all they are one of the great British bands that no one has really heard of, which in my opinion is a crying shame.

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