Toys with Knives
Now, normally I’m not one to check out the music that my friends on facebook post as normally it’s not really that good, but to start this section on the site and ensure it wasn’t another one off like most of the ideas I have, I thought I’d try out one.
Both Lewis and Marcus, the 2 boys that form Toys With Knives went to my secondary school where I got to know them and therefore I heard a lot about them and their gigs, partially through the notorious liking of their page on Facebook, but had never really been interest. This was never meant in a bad way, but it just never interested me. However, via their twitter I saw the word FREE and well, I can’t resist a freebie, and what a freebie it turned out to be!
‘Sky of Broken Glass’ is very much back to basics synthpop, it’s easy listening and fun to listen to. The electro vibe is quirky and promenant throughout all the tracks, but they’ve managed to ensure that you can listen to the album without getting bored of it. Even ‘Sky of Broken Glass’ the title track of the album and the extended Remix sound different enough that if you had shuffle on and the songs played back to back, you wouldn’t feel like you’re caught in a never-ending repeat of the same song.
Imagine yourself in an underground club, listening to new music and that’s very much the feel of the album. It’s refreshing for me as a more rock fan to hear this and can imagine some of the stuff in the middle of a DJ set being played. The lyrics are minimal but effective when used, very much like Nero, and add a different layer to the music. Also the guitar riff intro in ‘Cutting Paper Triangles‘ makes the song feel different and makes it feel more atmospheric if that’s even possible (I’m no music expert, I’m just expressing my views).
Overall I’ve really enjoyed listening to it and unsurprisingly a couple of the tracks have made it onto my ipod to crack out at the next party I’m at. And well, for free you really can’t go wrong. I don’t know how the album compares to others, I’m sure an electro-fan can tell you that, but if you want something a bit different to spice up your music taste and make you feel a bit more eclectic in terms or music taste then they’re definitely worth checking out! Only downside is it leaves you wanting more tracks
Pick of the Album:
Sky of Broken Glass – Well deserving to be the title track of the album. Easy listening, and a song that definitely makes you want to get up and move. Think Cyberdog in Camden and that’s basically the kind of sound you get from this song. It works, I don’t really know what else to say…
Rating: ★★★★ 4/5
Download from here for FREE (As of 6th September, I’m not sure how long the offer is for)
And be a good soul and like them on Facebook here (Find out more info about the Band and upcoming Gigs etc.)