Sleuth – First To Leave, Last To Go (2020)

Did you know that a group of bears is known as a sleuth of bears? Well, until a few hours ago I did not. It was not until I came across UK-based trio indie-rock group Sleuth that I came across this fun fact. You really do learn something new every day, don’t you?

Technically founded in 2017 as a solo project for multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Christopher Taylor-Ashcroft, Sleuth officially became a trio in 2020 after the release of ‘We Are Books’. Featuring bassist Daria Tomalak, drummer Carl Bayliss and Taylor-Ashcroft on all other instruments plus vocals, Sleuth is breeding a new type of indie-rock for the 21st century.

What I find incredibly interesting about ‘First To Leave, Last To Go’ is how it lulls you into a false sense of security in the intro, but dips and raises throughout the track to pull you onto a sonic rollercoaster. Reminiscent of Placebo’s Brian Molko, Taylor-Ashcroft’s vocals seem quite brusque or crusty but have a contradictory pacifying quality.

 A follow-up to their well-received single ‘We Are Books’, ‘First To Leave, Last To Go’ is a compelling addition to Sleuth’s discography. Described as “an earworm” by Brum Radio (where it made the A-List), the track is captivating and engaging. Complementing the dynamic, dulcet tones of Taylor-Ashcroft with powerful, but not overwhelming, instrumentation, Sleuth has found the line between melodic and muck and fallen into the former.

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