On Beauty Already Beautiful, Spookyland work to create an explosive rock and roll environment. Here are big songs with a do-or-die feel that recall Springsteen, off-centre ballads with echoes of Dylan and occasional moments of folksy rollicking that suggest The Pogues. But here too is Lou Reed's swagger, Bowie's verve and the incantatory honesty of Patti Smith.
The binding element is lead singer Marcus Gordon's voice, a raw squall that aligns him with other idiosyncratic singers like Joanna Newsom, Anohni and Jimmy Scott. Released on Play It Again Sam, Beauty Already Beautiful is a startling self-assured debut from a distinct band.