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MY LUMINARIES Order From The Chaos (2010)

My Luminaries

Formed at Kingston University in 2004 when songwriter James Hewer met drummer Sam Stopford, the title of the band’s debut album reflects the fraught journey the pair have navigated - record deals won and lost, and line up changes negotiated - for the band to arrive at this point.

The agonies of five years, and in particular the desire to deliver the album they, and not the record companies (who wanted another ‘conveyor belt’ indie rock band), wanted have been well worth it. If vindication was needed, Order From Chaos is the proof.

Combining the song writing creativity of the likes of Ryan Adams with the best that bands like Keane and Starsailor have to offer - delicate piano lines, gentle backbeats, crescendo choruses, and glorious melodies, but with a steely underbelly that harks back as far as some of The Beatles more rock out moments, Order From Chaos is a remarkably mature and impressive piece of work. And when they pare back to just vocals and minimal accompaniment, then the songs work on that level just as well.

Order From Chaos may have been a long time coming, but its been worth the wait and My Luminaries look set to assume the mantle of the next big thing. A very impressive debut.


Review by Pete Whalley


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