Matt said this before when he posted on the The Light Footwork and I'm gonna say it now, just, not about The Light Footwork.
Meet your new favorite band, Statuesque. Statuesque is the voice and songs of English pop auteur Stephen Manning, composer of genius guitar hooks, mesmerizing melodies and clever funny sad angry lyrics, put together (with the help of passing drummers) in a rich tapestry of varied, highly original recordings.
To put it simply, Statuesque is the greatest UK pop band you've never heard of. Unless, you have... in which case, they are the greatest UK pop band you have heard of. They have a new record out called Choir Above, Fire below and it is clearly Stephen manning's masterpiece.
I'm really gushing about this guy, but that's because he is really that good. The Big Takeover said, "Although his band's level of commercial success may not reflect it, Stephen Manning, who leads this way-far-underground U.K. outfit, is one of the best songwriters working in the pop-rock idiom. Manning's stuff stands up alongside your favourite Smiths, Morrissey and Radiohead records, while sounding totally unique and individual."
"Choir Above Fire Below" sounds like it could've come straight from the Lucksmiths' Warmer Corners. Not only are there vocal similarities, but these bands also share a gift for perfect pop songwriting. The song should be the template for every pop song from here on out and good luck getting that chorus out of your head. Just dont sing it at work like me, you'll get weird looks.
From Choir Above, Fire Below:
Choir Above Fire Below (HIGHLY REC'D!!!)
Boys Are Lazy, Girls Are crazy(HIGH LY REC'D!!!)
Bonus WEB-ONLY tracks:
It's That Sort Of Town Stumble It!