Apparently Saint Thomas have been around for six years now, touring with the likes of Lambchop and Of Montreal and over time developing an addiction to alcohol and prescription medications. Yep, like Amy Winehouse, they tried to make him go to rehab, and apparently he did and put together this album at the same time. I suppose it’s a good way to get rid of your demons, and this collection of surprisingly upbeat alt-country pop (think Bonnie Prince Billy crossed with Galaxie 500) is a testament to the man’s willpower. Already released in Norway to great acclaim, we can finally hear the record in the UK and it shows just how intruiging the Norwegian scene is right now, coming up with some of the finest pop this side of the world. I mean, they gave us The Kings of Convenience and now it seems Saint Thomas is ready to step into the limelight. Check out opening track ‘The Drive’ and you’ll know exactly what to expect, with chirpy upbeat vocals and an endearingly lo-fi production style that makes you feel like you’re being played to in your front room. Elsewhere ‘The Famous Stalker’ brings to mind Hefner at their best and ‘After the Show’ is like Sufjan Stevens as played by Daniel Johnson. For alt.country at it’s most intimate you won’t be able to find much more honest and heart-wrenching than Saint Thomas.
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