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Tin Spirits: Scorch

Drums and wires and accessible prog-pop.

Featuring the mad skills of former XTC guitarist Dave Gregory, this Swindon-based quartet view themselves as “a prog band without keyboards”. Their warm, weathered sound exists somewhere in a hinterland between The Byrds and Big Big Train.

It’s evolved since their formation as a covers combo who trotted out Genesis and Yes numbers like that was the easiest thing in the world. Now there’s a clear identity to Mark Kilminster’s vocals and the impeccably sculpted shapes.

Summer Now is a languid reverie, but it’s the fluctuating 15-minute finale Garden State that shows their true leanings, sewing sections together with a grace the right side of indulgence. There’s nothing radical about Tin Spirits, but there’s a glow to their class./o:p

Chris Roberts has written about music, films, and art for innumerable outlets. His new book The Velvet Underground is out April 4. He has also published books on Lou Reed, Elton John, the Gothic arts, Talk Talk, Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson, Abba, Tom Jones and others. Among his interviewees over the years have been David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Bryan Ferry, Al Green, Tom Waits & Lou Reed. Born in North Wales, he lives in London.