A great sounding Manchester band, certainly ones to watch. (MOJO)
A woozy, weaving dream-pop potion evoking Pavement, early Radiohead and Mercury Rev in its gently hypnotic, ethereal pop songcraft. A fine addition to the pantheon of Manc albums about being inspired yet trapped by your surroundings, the bitter-sweet yearning that comes as you wait for your life to start in colour. (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS)
Glorious ethereal falsetto, gilded epic clamour and soaring songs that are as immediately welcoming as Doves but also pack a savage turn; as if Johnny Bramwell was taking over from Guy Garvey for the day and imposing fines for mistakes. Most reviews I’ve read tend to describe them as “Dream Pop” but I’d venture that they’re far more than that. In their complex approach to guitars and melody, they actually strike me as more related to the likes of Wild Beasts. Which is far from being a bad thing. Impressive, with enough ideas to fill a truck, enough charm to impress your parents and enough underlying anger to stare down any opponent. (DROWNED IN SOUND)
Peppering their compositions with the sort of guitar structures that made Radiohead millionaires, I See Angels are a striking proposition, Baird's distinctive and aspirated voice in particular, seemingly as comfortable when documenting torment as it is on more rocking material. ([SIC] MAGAZINE)
It is essentially one long love poem, in the tradition of Keats or Byron but it is within the backdrop of a place, where jobs are scarce and love is mostly always painful and unrequited, that the album takes off in an entirely new and clever direction. (CHIMP MAGAZINE)
A fine showcase for what promises to be something worth keeping an eye on. (MUSIC WEEK)
A threesome of very sweet, fuzzy pop musical maestros from Manchester whose spacey debut sends signals of all the bliss given from an autumnal deciduous forest. Warm and charming like an evening with claret and home-made log fires the record burns with sophistication. (GLASSWERK)
Dark but beautiful, introspective pop, like Elliott Smith's early work but with a full band. At times this is heavy, elsewhere it's fragile, but it's always powerful and straight from the heart. Really good stuff. (PICCADILLY RECORDS)
I See Angels are led by Paul Baird, a man with the angst of Cobain and Yorke and the voice of a warrior angel; a singer who can combine the fragile, with a shatteringly powerful rock aria. Long term bassplayer Martin Cowan underpins matters with solid and expressively low slung yet delicious patterns, whilst the almost legendary Chris Norwood (The Flow / Amber Club) is now firmly established as their resilient and dynamic drummer. This album has been in the pipeline for a while, each song being meticulously worked on by the band at Revolution Studios with Andy Macpherson and latterly Justin Richards. With Baird's vocals and the trio pushing out a powerhouse of ethereal highs and lows, there's certainly an alignment to early Radiohead ("Embryo", "When The Time Is Right") but there's more romance dialled in and at times a glowing intensity, that eventually kicks into a bright rainbow of pop psychedelia on "After The Rain". This itself is a sure fire hit and stand out track on an album jammed with heart wrenching messages and burning, guitar-jangling-yet-heavy numbers. No-one seems quite this genuinely emotive these days and too many bands seem to be mostly stuck in disco mode – yet here are I See Angels, at the heart of the music scene, pouring out their hearts and nailing it all home with an urgency and intensity you're unlikely to forget. (MANCHESTER MUSIC)
released September 5, 2011
Songs by Paul Baird.
Artwork by Tash Willcocks.
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