Tin Spirits: Scorch

Drums and wires and accessible prog-pop.

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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