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Post by Spike » Sat Feb 16, 2008 14:08

Yay! Don't Stop is marvellous! Can't wait to hear the rest!

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Post by humblebee » Sat Feb 16, 2008 19:46

Cooooooome on you Pockoes!

Just ordered mine. Eeeeeeeeee!


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Post by Martijn » Mon Feb 18, 2008 08:54

It's nice! It's nice!

I'm so happy I can finally say something meaningful in this forum's best titled thread! :)

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Post by crystalball » Wed Feb 20, 2008 13:03

Got my copy this morning. This record makes me so happy. It's beautiful!

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Post by Trev » Wed Feb 20, 2008 13:18

My copy arrived yesterday! But I've not been home since to play it.

And I am out again tonight at another gig. eeee. Thursday, it will be.
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Post by Pop Kid » Wed Feb 20, 2008 14:02

Thanks everyone.

We've had this review from Losingtoday.com - it almost makes me cry that a record I've played on can give someone this reaction.

Pocketbooks 'Waking up' (Make Do and Mend).

Spring ushering tingle some guitars, softly shy eyed lilting melodies and hopelessly lovelorn boy / girl harmonies - how could we resist. With a debut release tucked under their collective arm in the shape of last May's 'cross the line' which I'm ashamed to say we missed out on plus an appearance on the Smalltown America compilation 'the kids at the club' (again to much gnashing of teeth amiss in our gaff), London based quintet Pocketbooks have been steadily drawing admiring swoons from the clued up record buying fraternity. Sounding ripe to be plucked by the Fortuna Pop stable, 'waking up' features four nuzzling nuggets of exquisitely crafted thoughtfully idle some pop that slyly references the timid bashfulness of 'tigermilk' era Belle and Sebastian (just tune into the cantering carefree-ness of the delightfully skipping 60's piano motifs of the opening title cut) and the longing spring hued shimmer pop of early career Heavenly while serving evidence indeed that somewhere amid their ranks there's a sensitive soul who bides away the quiet evening hours demurring to the sounds of Randy Newman, Gilbert O'Sullivan and Dean Friedman (those in disagreement should fall headlong into the bitter sweetening warmth filled embrace of 'falling leaves'). Pocketbooks delight in eking out brittle hand holding hosannas - lovers of back catalogues belonging to Sarah, early K, Bus Stop and Matinee should find themselves suitably rewarded, these delicate buttercup hopping treasures are love note tipped arrows aimed at the heart. Subtle traces of Teenage Fanclub's 'God knows its true' delicately filter through the ether to grace 'don't stop' (which incidentally you can download for gratis from the bands website at http://www.pocketbooks.org.uk ) - this honey crusted beauty of breathless introspection is daintily teased with a breezily numbing countrified vibe that freewheels into moments of low level lo-fi Spector-isms all the time gathering stature to pepper shots against whatever defences your holding firmly onto. Best of the bunch though is the aching 'love is a stick you throw' - braided with subtle calypso shades and what sounds like banjos (which regular readers to these pages will have you know are heartily welcomed here) - this world weary honey had us recalling some heaven sent studio collaboration between Hey Paulette, the Sundays and the Siddleys - but then why oh why do you need me to fumble around trying to persuade you that you need this (of course you do - but that's besides the point) - take a chance and treat yourself you'll be sorry when they're massive. Deputy single of the Missive. http://www.myspace.com/pocketbooks

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Post by Trev » Wed Feb 20, 2008 14:28

That's an ace review. I really really really wanna play my copy now!
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Post by Spike » Wed Feb 20, 2008 19:19

My copy arrived this morning and it's wonderful! I was involuntarily dancing while listening to it on my mp3 player in the park. All the kids on half term looked at me funny, like.

It's so pretty!

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Post by gofelt » Wed Feb 20, 2008 19:37

Pop Kid wrote:Thanks everyone.

We've had this review from Losingtoday.com - it almost makes me cry that a record I've played on can give someone this reaction.
That's a brilliant review, Ian! And the EP is AMAZING. The cd cover reminds me of those siesta compilations covers (sombrero, expreso) of late '90s early '00s. A BEAUTY!! "Don't stop" has been stuck in my head for days now - I've been singing it at work when I am alone :-)
"...take a chance and treat yourself you'll be sorry when they're massive"
Well done!
I slice the surface here beside you/Lungs filled liquid yell I love you/Sound moves further underwater
Deep and dark my submarine bells groan in greens and grey/Mine would chime a thousand times/To make you feel okay..

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Post by linus » Wed Feb 20, 2008 23:07

I'm listening to 'don't stop' now, I like how pocketbooks make me go 'ooh, that's astute' and then make me chuckle and then make me swoon and then I'm up and I'm dancing

this sequence of events can transpire in any order

I carn't wait until saturday... cor!

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Post by humblebee » Thu Feb 21, 2008 08:45

It's a fabulous record and it makes me happy. Well done, all of you!

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Post by darvé » Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:47

I got my copy yesterday and its lovely, really good to hear a decent recorded version of Falling Leaves.

It sounded great walking to work this morning with the sun out and it made me think of summer.

I love it.

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Post by Outcognito » Wed Feb 27, 2008 20:21

What a fabulous pop record.....dry cleaners, travelcards, Actionettes, marker pens, kisses in the autumn, local papers, bus stops, library cards, sister and her mother, accountancy, broken hearts, night buses.....I'm ever so slightly obsessed with Falling Leaves. I love the twin boy/gal call and response - just gorgeous! I drove to Nottingham the other night and guess track was repeated an indecent amount.....
It's so easy when the door is wide open.

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Post by tonieee » Sat Mar 08, 2008 17:54

Don't Stop is playing on Radio 6!

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Post by crystalball » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:15

tonieee wrote:Don't Stop is playing on Radio 6!
Oh wow! It suddenly feels like we've got the airwaves. When I say 'we', I mean the bands I love.

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Post by humblebee » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:57

Get in!

That's fantastic - congratulations, 'books!

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Post by emml » Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:38

tonieee wrote:Don't Stop is playing on Radio 6!
Really? Flippin' heck! Heee!!

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Post by Pop Kid » Sun Mar 09, 2008 13:01

Wow! I've just had a listen - we were on The Queens of Noize show just before Kate Bush.

I'm so happy.

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Post by emml » Sun Mar 09, 2008 14:05

humblebee wrote:Get in!

That's fantastic - congratulations, 'books!
Thanks Pete!

Here's the link, in case you fancy a listen:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/queen ... ting.shtml

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