Cambridge based four piece indie outfit Isaac’s Aircraft are making their journey into the UK summer music scene with the release of Two Is A Crowd, the bands debut effort and with the melodic release they are off to a fine start. The band have also just taken home the gong for Best Indie/Rock at the People Choice Awards, held last month.
Having formed back in 2006, band member Zak Thomas (vocals, rhythm guitar), Calum Fall (lead guitar) , Ant Henderson (drums), and Martin Seidel (keyboard) have been making a name for themselves with a couple of singles and the sturdy EP Holding Up The Line over the last four years in the lead up to the collectives first full length outing into the UK music market.
Over the ten tracks featured on Two Is a Crowd, Isaac’s Aircraft provide us with a versatile addition to the indie genre with a record containing infectious up tempo additions as well as a balancing inclusion of gentle radio friendly numbers.
The bands classically trained pianist, Martin Seidel, provides the structure of the record and provides us with the bands signature sound and one which the band are heavily reliant on throughout Two Is A Crowd and also one that serves the outfit well in creating some experimental additions to the track listing.
The opening spring of Baby Did Me Wrong introduces us to the debut and we are welcomed to a mult-instrumental number combining bluesy tones with the four pieces array of instrumental talents around their pianists boppy keyboard backbone. The chorus of the track is also versatile as the keys are traded in for an infectious guitar strumming.
She Is Moscow is an acoustic happy number with a combination of rhythmic guitars that bounce lightly around front man Zak Thomas’ articulate vocals.
Further down the record the gentle guitar led Wake Up offers us some sweet melodies on the albums highlight ballad showing off the outfits ability to pull off sentimental balladry just as well as they do up-tempo.
With the album drawing to a close we are given one final ballad in the shape of Final State. The track ends the collection on a high note as the band piece together an affectionate semi duet between front man Thomas and guest vocalist Tara London. Combining a beautifully arrangement the track is led by the deep thumping of a piano and very little else however minimalism is what makes this track the clear standout out Two Is A Crowd and one that gives us a lasting impression of everything we love about Isaac’s Aircraft.
Over the duration of just over half an hour we are offered a collection of well written nuggets of indie pop that serve well for the bands welcoming into the UK’s mainstream market and a record that proves that two maybe a crowd for some but four is just fitting for Isaac’s Aircraft.
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