Bristol UK scene staple Sam Jones has been recording and playing as the Balky Mule for nearly a decade, but his involvement in multiple other bands - including Flying Saucer Attack, Minotaur Shock, Third Eye Foundation, and his brother Matt's ramshacklist folk-rock project Crescent - made The Balky Mule's recording and gigging sporadic. His much-anticipated full-length debut collects songs recorded over the past five years, and its patient and slow-winding sound follows its methodical construction. The Balky Mule can be placed within a rich vein of very British outsiders like Hood, Pram, Bark Psychosis, Talk Talk, The Pastels or Robert Wyatt; his sound also reveals allegiances to Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Jonathan Richman, Smog, and early Beck. Sam's vocal is unmistakably English, its grain and tone similar to The Kinks' Ray Davies, while his haunting-of-the-everyday lyrical style recalls Syd Barrett. Idiosyncratic and enchanting, The Length Of The Rail commands and rewards repeated listening.
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