Wall of Sound – 2001 – 43 minutes

Hailing from Manchester, I Am Kloot is the brainchild of John Bramwell whose heavily accented vocals spill all over the album. He is also responsible for the jangly guitars, while Pete Jobson and Andy Hargreaves provide the other musical standards (bass and drums respectively).

Low-fi, unobtrusive production gives the album a raw, back room sound and another coterie of Northern England music-makers come to mind, namely The La's and Cast. Bramwell's unmistakable vocals over a deceptively low-key sound make for a uniquely infectious combination, winning over the listener well before the album reaches the sublimely heart-rending 'Because'.

There is a lazy, laid back, folk feel to these tunes inspiring shameless foot-tapping. 'Loch' is a beautiful instrumental while the loungy guitars of 'Sunlight Hits The Snow' lull the senses. 'Dark Star' also commands attention (even if it is for echoes of the La's). One of the album's high-points, 'No Fear of Falling' even gives Paul Simon's classic 'American Tune' (from 1973's 'There Goes Rhymin' Simon) a run for its money.

'Natural History' is a tableau of pensive pop folk tunes tackling lost love, failure and despair – but don't let that put you off.

Sinéad Gleeson

Tracklisting: To You – Morning Rain – Bigger Wheels – No Fear Of Falling – Loch – Storm Warming – Dark Star – Stop – Sunlight Hits The Snow – Twist – 86 TV's – Because