When I wrote about The Galleons a few weeks ago after they played at the Brighton Folk night at The Brunswick, they were just waiting for their album to come back from being pressed. Now it’s arrived and ready to be heard by the world.
The Galleons eponymous debut long player is a warm, gentle folk-pop excursion. Over the course of a dozen tracks Ben Brockett and Beth Chesser harmonise and swap melodies over electric and acoustic guitars and pianos, reminiscent of Tunng but without the quirky electronica. Opener “The Eagles on your Eyelids” is one of the best showcases for Viktoria Mutore’s piano, which runs throughout the album, setting their sound apart from so many folk bands who stick to guitars.
The whole band play on all of the tracks, and I can’t help thinking that perhaps every now and then a more minimal stripped approach might have helped, giving a less-is-more quality to some songs, and giving the whole album a bit more colour.
This is a minor gripe though, and there is variety across the tracks, from jaunty up beat numbers like The Lion’s Den and Happy as a Lamb, to quieter tracks like The Moon & The Gate and closer Seven Hours. If you want to hear more, their next gig is at The Hydrant on Wednesday 14th March. There’s a taster of a few of the tracks on their website, where you can also buy the album.