The Retrospectives a three piece pop rock band from Sheffield in England is Tom Galton (Vocals / Guitar), Will Stocks (Bass) and Paul Jackson (Drums).
Keeping the musical structures very open, The Retrospectives work or fail on the strength of the lyrics and vocal delivery which is a brave place in which to play, given the easy off-hand criticisms which swirl around so freely now. In many ways I think they succeed as the trio is able to deliver a sound which has a modernist folk feel with inflections of rock to give the material a stronger base.
Given the nature of the music they compose the tracks translate to either an acoustic or electronic delivery and whilst the electronic versions do work well, the vocal becomes a mid-atlantic drawl that regular readers know is not a sound that rests easily with me and gives the effect of something more related to US indie-pop. When played acoustically the vocal reverts to landfall and the instrumental becomes more engrossing and as a result the whole sound is much richer for it.
It will be interesting to see how The Retrospectives develop as a band as they have the innate ability to travel far, both electronically and acoustically.
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