Here are a couple more nice reviews of Alphabet Soup for your reading pleasure:
Banana & Louie
This is one of those albums that will have instant appeal. Well, it will if you like music that comes straight from the heart. Alphabet Soup has an organic feel with strong song-writing, and it comes with clever arrangements and effective orchestral parts.
The full line-up for the album is Matthew Stead (vocals, guitar, percussion), Sharon Leach (vocals, keys, glockenspiel, melodica), Jacob Chivers (drums), Simon Nelson (bass, guitar), Gareth Jones (bass), Kenny Lee (piano), Natalie Hudson (violin), Matthew Walker (violin), Claire Hadidjenar (violin), Jill Faure (viola), Helen Short (cello), Catherine Carr (flute), Keira Poland (flute), Nicola Burnett Smith (bass clarinet), and Alex Bilig (bassoon).
For those wondering about the somewhat unusual name of the group, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys owned dogs named Banana and Louie, and their barks appear on the Pet Sounds album.
One of my favorite songs on the album is the sweet and lovely “I Have Your Melodica (You Have My Heart)”. Hearing it reminds me that we haven’t had a Camera Obscura album for a while. And that is no put down for Banana and Louie — if you remind me of Camera Obscura you are on the inside track to my musical heart.
The album is available on CD, digital download and pink vinyl. The label is Vollwert-Records in Berlin, a fine label devoted to indie pop music.