The Tailors, who they? Well their debut album Wakey Wakey scored high in the Americana community three years ago with some comparisons to Wilco. This London band led by Adam Killip have now released their second offering and the Wilco comparisons abide. Ditching the pedal steel and country sound that was a hit on songs like “Lonely Pockets” on the first album, keyboard and electric guitar dominate a set of songs here that dip into a universe recalling Big Star at their darkest and Wilco in their latter introspective phase.
With nine songs and at only 33 minutes a lot is crammed into a small space. The album opens with an optimistic bounce, “Pictures of Her” is a kitchen sink production with big harmonies and a sweet guitar outro. “Bow Road” is as poppy as this band gets as piano and guitar and harmonies shine on a song that sounds as if it jumped out of Jeff tweedy’s pocket, “Animal Humour” continues in this vein with a propulsive beat. The mood is changed on the title song, which stars off with a skeletal piano and guitar background as Killip sings plaintively and apologetically in an attempt to rekindle a relationship. “I’m sorry darling I messed this up, but I’m OK now, come dig me up sometime, maybe some day we’ll work this out but not today.” As he sings the band chime in before coming to an abrupt end. In the press releases Killip describes this song as a bit of blind optimism, overall the sense is of a lost opportunity, gone forever. From here on Killip’s world view is that of a dreamer, “Impossible Wonder” strains against past failures, compulsively repeating a hope that someone will call as he is “ over the piney nosed tree tops emotions.” Set over an achingly beautiful melody this is a tremendous song. At the end one is left, sadly, with the feeling that she will never call. The remainder of the album cannot match this but “Crocodiles” with its shimmering guitars comes near and segues into the closer “Flying Blues” which is a no holds barred rocker with all players at full volume.
The Tailors might be new to you and might not pop up on yer local radio station too soon but on this evidence they should be sitting on that pile of albums next to your player. Have a listen to Animal Humour.