By Chris Long
Producer, BBC Manchester Introducing
This Morning Call's Clockworks
There are acts who introduce themselves to the world with banging, clashing mayhem, with histrionics and hyperbole.
This Morning Call, a gentle menagerie of musicians that move around lynchpin songwriter Ben Heyworth, are definitely not that kind of act.
Everything about their debut, All Quiet At 4AM, is thoughtful and considered, be it the post-club sunrise of the title, the flock wallpaper cover or the subtle music within.
In fact, the only thing that screams out of the collection is the shimmering talent that is encapsulated in every song.
This Morning Call centre around songwriter Ben Heyworth
Opening with the chunkiness of Tides and closing with a bonus track, Whistle, which Lemon Jelly would have love to have written, it is an album of rolling peaks and delicious soundscapes, all underpinned with Ben's quietly touching vocals and dancing heart.
Between those fine bookends, there are genuine jewels to be wondered at.
Clockworks manages to be both heart-breaking and uplifting, Deserted succeeds in forcing folk onto the edges of a dancefloor, Goodnight Goodnight reveals a deft pop touch, and Salt has all the drama and punch of Massive Attack without any of the terrifying darkness.
It all comes together to show off a talent worthy of a big fanfare and some raucous responses - just don't expect This Morning Call to be the ones making the noise.
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