This Manchester trio's breakthrough fifth album didn't scale the commercial heights of producer Guy Garvey's Elbow, but saw Kloot breach the Top 30 and land a Mercury nomination. It finds crooner John Bramwell stumbling from life's last chance saloon and gazing up at the stars, breath smelling of alcohol and heart filled with hope. These are wonderfully introspective, downbeat yet somehow uplifting songs.
On their fifth album, Manchester’s I Am Kloot once again look to the sky and the weather for inspiration, even as they decide it may be better to stay indoors. Debut album Natural History (2001) found the group performing songs inspired by morning rain and sunshine hitting snow, while its successor, 2003’s brilliant I Am Kloot, contained a memorable song about a favorite sky. Singer-guitarist John Bramwell’s favorite sky would seem to be that found in the northwest of England, its brooding canopy lending a rain-soaked aura to the music composed beneath it.
Distils and expands their strengths, from elegant tunes to resolutely bittersweet lyrics. Martin Aston 2010 In Klootworld, even the pub is world-weary – it’s called the Brink. And the Manchester trio have been propping up the bar for too long now. A decade, in fact, for the best-kept secret Up North since Elbow threw off the shackles of public apathy.