Album review: The End of the Measured Mile by Last Night’s TV

The End of the Measured Mile

The End of the Measured Mile

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Back after a three-year hiatus, Spencer Bayles and Natalie Leadbetter are duo from Leeds and Derby who make folk-pop with occasional hints of indie, shoegazing and post-rock.

Formed in 2001, the band made five self-released albums - Too Much in Doubt, Daylight Between the Blades, Letters Without Envelopes, Local Knowledge and Everyone Here Was a Stranger.

The last caught the ear of BBC 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, who played them on his show; latterly Alan Raw has featured the band on his BBC Introducing West Yorkshire programme on BBC Radio Leeds.

Mostly The End of the Measured Mile is a dreamy listen, ideal for quite moments of reflection.

Syllables and I Can Picture a Friend, its most immediate tracks, recall Stereolab with their use their use of drones, slightly monotone vocals and shifting percussive time signatures.

12th June features soft tenor horn, gently picked acoustic guitar and sighing vocal harmonies. The Actress is all shimmering tremelo, glockenspiel and lyrics such as “The flowers from the crowd/Hoped you’d break a leg/How could they see you’d fall off the stage?”

The album ends with the bucolic See You Next Summer and observations such as “October sweeps around like an old forgotten friend/There are birthday cards to send”.

Its a bittersweet goodbye, and much in keeping with the general tone of this record.

The album is available from Last Night’s TV’s Bandcamp page via www.lntvweb.co.uk

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