“I KEPT the note you never wrote and put it with the rest I haven’t got.”
So begins Bullets, track one on I Am Kloot’s sixth album and, as opening lines go, it’s about as good as it gets.
It sets the tone well too, with Shoeless and Masquerade in particular in the same vein; downbeat bluesy folk with healthy doses of Northern wit and disillusionment.
Kloot’s roots are to the fore throughout, with Elbow’s Guy Garvey producing and the definite presence of the ghost of Manchester music past, particularly on the James-esque Even The Stars
All of which serves the record well. From the very first note, Let It All In hooked me and made me want to hear more.
That feeling’s still with me 20 listens later.