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Artist: Inheaven
Label: PIAS
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 01 September 2017

Inheaven release their debut self-titled album. Produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Pixies, The Maccabees) and recorded at Rockfield Studios, the band's foundations were set when vocalist/guitarist James Taylor and bassist Chloe Little bonded over a shared love of bands who inspire young people to see the world in a different way. The pair embarked on an audio-visual project, recruiting their neighbour Jake Lucas on lead guitar and Joe Lazarus on drums. To test out their creative compatibility, Little put together a 30 second video of images and asked Taylor to write music over it...

Listening to this album it's hard to believe that this is Inheaven's debut LP. There's a confidence and energy that shines through that you rarely capture with a studio album, and certainly not from a new band. This is the sound of years performing to packed houses up and down the country. The fact that Inheaven have managed to master this right off the bat is impressive enough.

But it gets better. Even on the first play through there are songs that you instantly warm to and on subsequent listens become, somehow, like old favourites that you've loved for years.

The album contains 12 songs (39 min, 54 sec) and it really doesn't come much more impressive than this. There isn't a b-side on the entire album - each track could be a hit single in its own right. Now that's impressive.

I've been playing this album, almost non-stop for a month. And I know I'll get many year's of pleasure out of it. It's a good old fashioned student Rock outfit that brings the genre up to date.


Nick Smithson

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