The Wave Pictures – If You Leave It Alone (7/10)


Having been paying their dues for years now with a string of singles and short-run CDs, three piece The Wave Pictures now release their debut album proper on respectable London indie label Moshi Moshi. The recording has a nice intimate DIY sound (reminiscent of Dylan and The Band’s Basement tapes) as if the loose shuffling drums, acoustic guitars, and horn section were playing just across the room.

Songwriter David Tattersall’s penchant for wordy domestic allegories and slightly affected vocal translate best on the most direct songs here, like Tiny Craters In The Sand and Come On Daniel.