Album Review: I Am Kloot – Let Them All In

By on Tuesday, 29th January 2013 at 12:00 pm

In case you missed it, I Am Kloot have released a new album, ‘Let It All In’. I say ‘in case you missed it’ because not one, but two members of one of my favorite bands, Elbow, were the producers and they are SHAMELESS! Craig Potter, keyboardist and oft-times producer for Elbow is quite worth a follow on Twitter, but when faced with a promotion task, he and his partner in crime Guy Garvey really stepped up their game. After a fast and furious set of hysterical tweets regarding the album’s release on Monday, they ended the day with a haiku. Yes, a haiku:

yes. let it all in.
like moon light in that bedroom
buy new I Am Kloot

I Am Kloot Let Them All In coverBut on to the album. The almost title track ‘Let Them All In’ is indicative of the kind of music we get from I Am Kloot. It’s not big music, but neither is it dismissive. Less folky than 2009’s ‘B’, yet not quite as slickly orchestrated as 2010’s ‘Sky at Night’, ‘Let It All In’ explores both the past and the future in a raw and honest way. Carefully crafted to leave just enough space between the bits to make it rich without being overly done, the tune fills your mind with sensation. This sixth studio album from the nonconformist Manc players is full of the dark twisted songwriting and slight sonic surprises that has marked their career in years past.

To my ear, ‘Bullets’ harkens back to the Richard Hawley/Guy Garvey duet found on Elbow’s Mercury Prize-winning ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’. With the same kind of push and pull that made that song so appealing. ‘Hold Back the Night’ (video below), the first single released in October of last year, is reminiscent of ‘60s activists, maybe a Dylan-esque feel. One of my favorites wraps everything up. ‘Forgive Me These Reminders’ is the perfect blend of loneliness and regret. With a plaintive, simple voice and a gently picked guitar it builds with a jazzy brush played drum and low bass thuds. It’s very torchy and finishes fully developed with delicate strings. They have taken what is awesome about their past offerings and stripped it back a bit. Still found are the jazzy touches, the bit of northern accent creeping in, the strings. But whereas the orchestration felt just a tad too much on their last album, I felt like it really added to what they were doing this time.

Previous album ‘Sky at Night’ was shortlisted for 2010’s Mercury Prize and with heavyweights like Potter and Garvey providing their particular kind of prize winning magic, we could very well see I Am Kloot’s name popping up again this year.


I Am Kloot’s latest album, ‘Let Them All In’, is out now on Shepherd Moon.


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