Produced by David Wrench, It’s the bands most coherent and confident album to date; lushly cinematic, shot through with their most expressive melodies thus far and coated with a ‘sheen’ courtesy of Chris Coady (Beach House, Smith Westerns, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), who mixed the album in LA with some of the reverbs and vocal processors used on Purple Rain, across the 10-tracks strands of ideas appear, sink and re-emerge in an almost modal jazz manner. Clear Shot sees TOY working both in bigger colours and more minutely crafted detail, achieving an altogether higher level of artistry than before.
The new record follows the bands self titled debut in 2012 and their second release ‘Join The Dots’ in 2013. ‘Clear Shot’ is released on Friday October 28th.
Ahead of the release, Stereogum have premiered a new track ‘Fast Silver’:
“Their new album, Clear Shot — the group’s third studio LP — is out later this fall and is led by “Fast Silver,” a playful mid-tempo trip that balances brooding overcast with punchy keyboard motifs. Vocalist Tom Dougall’s moan pushes through the band’s hazy atmospherics, punctuated by meandering guitar and flickering percussion. It’s deliriously delicious grunge-tinted acid-pop, loosely performed, yet impeccably assembled.”
“First single “Fast Silver” is a little different for band, eschewing their usual pummeling motoroiks for something more atmospheric and moody.”
“It’s a spiky return, with those early psychedelic influences wrapped around a post-punk chassis.”
This Autumn the band are playing a series of headline European shows, including their biggest London show to date at the Electric Brixton.