On first listen, Reverie, the new album from alt-folk duo Stables continues where their debut – 2016’s Beyond The Brushes left of – and that’s no bad thing, such was the acclaim of that first record – championed by such industry heavyweights as Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson.
However – when giving it a second, and then third spin – you soon realise this is certainly a step up from the last, both musically interesting and standard of songwriting and arrangement – all has moved on, all has progressed.
Matthew Lowe (who’s other job is as part of the successful Keston Cobblers Club) and Daniel Trenholme have built a reputation for their energy and big sound which defies their duo status – however while in evidence on this record, they don’t shy away from the more stripped down accompaniment – which gives this album balance.
The close harmonies that were such a feature of the previous offering are again in evidence here – highlighted especially on the brilliant track ‘Life Without You on Repeat’. The hooky title track, and ‘French Martini’ both have a swagger that will likely bring comparisons to acts like The Lumineers – however with their set-up and depth of songwriting, Stables I think stand out a little more from what is a crowded field.
This is a good record. Badged as an ‘almost break-up record’, there is some melancholy there, but through the music, on the whole it is an upbeat listen – perfect for the upcoming summer!