Rough Trade Album of the Month - February 2019
Toy are back with their new album, Happy In The Hollow. Their fourth album, and their first for new label Tough Love Records available on Rough Trade Exclusive Snow White Vinyl, Limited Indie Exclusive Vinyl, Standard Black Vinyl and CD.
It’s unquestionably their most direct and propulsive album to date. Recorded between their own home tape studios and mixed at Dan Carey’s Studio B in South London, the album was entirely produced and mixed by the band. Happy In The Hollow is entirely uncompromising: an atmospheric capturing of a state of mind that touches on Post Punk, electronic dissonance, acid folk and Krautrock. Familiar qualities like metronomic rhythms, warping guitars, undulating synths and Tom’s gentle, reedy vocals are all in there, but so is a greater emphasis on melody, a wider scope, and a combining of the reassuring and the sinister that is as unnerving as it is captivating. The sound has without doubt expanded — and grown more confident — in part because this is the first album for which Toy has become a self-sufficient five-person unit doing everything for themselves. For fans of The Horrors, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips, Spiritualized, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dungen, Goat and Clinic.
LP - Black Vinyl with Download.
LP+ - Rough Trade Exclusive. Limited to 200 Copies on Snow White Vinyl with an alternative 'secret 7” on Snow White Vinyl and Download.
LP++ - Limited to 1000 Copies on “Behind Blue Eyes” vinyl and exclusive to Indie stores only with Download.
CD - Digipack.