Williams' Boat journeys into deeper waters on the bands third LP

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Tom Williams & The Boat - 'Easy Fantastic'

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Tom Williams & The Boat – ‘Easy Fantastic’

The name Tom Williams & The Boat might conjure up visions of dweeby acoustic troubadours, but this Kent five-piece’s third album is awash with blustering, vintage rock’n’roll. Though there remains an overly earnest aspect to Williams’ gruff vocals and acoustic strumming – all too prevalent on their last record, 2012’s ‘Teenage Blood’ – ‘Easy Fantastic’ shows more depth. Lead single ‘All Day’ features angelic backing vocals from The London Community Gospel Choir while the band’s leader details his lovestruck state; ‘Hurricane’ adopts a bluesy country twang. Though ‘Easy Fantastic’ is a progression for Tom Williams & The Boat, it’s far from breaking new ground, sounding ready-made for the placid waters of Radio 2.

Rhian Daly

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Record label:Moshi Moshi