Psych outfit Toy announced the details of their third album this morning. The album, titled Clear Shot, is due to release October 28th, via Heavenly Records.
TOY have taken inspiration from favourite bygone groups and bunkered down together. In a makeshift studio at guitarist Dominic O’Dair’s flat in Walthamstow, they laid out the first Clear Shot demos, splitting their time between there and a place in New Cross that singer Tom Dougall and bassist Maxim Barron had moved into. The sprawling, old house also contained Max Oscarnold of The Proper Ornaments, and his piano and acoustic, Byrds-leaning sensibilities bled into communion with TOY’s guitars and synths. At Dom’s, in something of an homage to the experiments of the Manson Family, early Disney and Bowie’s Beckenham Arts Lab, they routed cables through each room to a bank of recording equipment. They’d been reading a lot and going out slightly less, and it had enabled some fertile experimentation.
Part of why this album feels so coherent and confidently arranged comes from a decision made, after a Christmas break and with reams of stuff recorded, to cut down to a ten track standard. The material that didn’t make it onto Clear Shot forms a bonus E.P and will be released at the same time as the album.
Listen to lead single Fast Silver below:
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01 “Clear Shot”
02 “Another Dimension”
03 “Fast Silver”
04 “I’m Still Believing”
05 “Clouds That Cover The Sun”
06 “Jungle Games”
07 “Dream Orchestrator”
08 “We Will Disperse”
09 “Spirits Don’t Lie”
Clear Shot is out 10/28 via Heavenly. Pre-order it here.