THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO
Calling the Boy Least Likely To “twee” is like calling Christmas “amazing”. But this record is as twee as Belle and Sebastian at ATP wearing cardigans – a prospect that would be too saccharine if not for the weary streak running through the LP. Kept in limbo for a year, The Law
of the Playground was the album equivalent of Tom Hanks in The
Terminal: all of a sudden, the band didn’t have a label anymore, but it was a label they couldn’t leave. Eventually self-released, the album took its toll on the duo. Tracks such as The Boy Least Likely to Is a Machine monotonously detail the mechanical ins-and-outs of the business. But you can’t keep these cheery chappies down for long, and sunshine wins over rainclouds.
A Fairytale Ending, the album’s closer, acknowledges reality – but only if there’s magic involved. www.theboyleastlikelyto.co.uk