Little Devils: The Storm Inside

Flute and saxophones add some sunshine to a brewing storm.

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The Storm Inside is an album that wrestles with your affection, and it’s a fight Little Devils both win and lose.

Yoka Qureshi’s flute and sax playing enriches their sonic platter and without it, things would be a little lacklustre. The former adds vibrancy to Deep Inside, the latter croons. Here, alongside her genteel and impassioned singing, the London quartet come across in their best light. On more upbeat numbers, however, there is something lacking in the vocal conviction. As such it’s Big Ray’s solo on My Perfect You and I Still Want It Back’s channelling of Billy Gibbons that provide standout moments. Moody instrumental Heavy Weather is another shining moment, but as a whole this is a patchy effort.

You can usually find this Prog scribe writing about the heavier side of the genre, chatting to bands for features and news pieces or introducing you to exciting new bands that deserve your attention. Elsewhere, Phil can be found on stage with progressive metallers Prognosis or behind a camera teaching filmmaking skills to young people.