amateur best The Gleaners (CD, £10.75)label: Brille
“‘Marzipan’ is fantastic” - Noisey. • “David Byrne-worthy summer-soundtrack delight” - Sunday Times. • “Brilliant” - Dummy. • Amateur Best is the alias of Birmingham-based ‘personal pop’ musician, songwriter and producer Joe Flory. • After releasing debut album ‘No Thrills’ via Double Denim Records (Empress Of, Tei Shi, Kero Kero Bonito) in 2013, Amateur Best returns with his second full length. • The result of three years writing and recording, the 10 tracks that make up ‘The Gleaners’ straddle the fine line between outright ecstasy and muted melancholy. Initially envisioned as a concept album about a charity shop-bought doll’s house, it mutated into a full-on dance record. • ‘The Gleaners’ is testament both to Flory’s commitment to making music on his own terms and to the sheer joys of making music full stop.
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