Welcome the golden dawn: this Liverpool three-piece – music student Becky Hawley, shop assistants Emily Lansley and Lucy Mercer – formed in 2010 and, taking attitudinal lessons from the Au Pairs, Slits and Raincoats, do it themselves: management, booking their own gigs and sharing a van with their pals’ band. Their music, too, is defiantly their own. Yes, you hear influences – Bert Jansch’s strange timings, the gypsy folk of female duo Jan and Lorraine, the choral electronica fusion of The People – but what Stealing Sheep do with them is wonderful, exciting and places them firmly in the new psych vanguard.
Recorded with Sam Crombie (from the band Dog Show, part of the collective behind Merseyside hideaway the Kazimier Club) in Liverpool’s Mello Studios, Into The Diamond Sun, their exhilarating debut proper (and follow-up to last year’s brilliant mini-LP Noah And The Paper Moon), fully captures their kaleidoscopic vision over 11 songs bookended with the terrific The Garden (full of warped guitars, nursery rhyme harmonies and Blakian innocence) and Bear Tracks, a haunting, mesmeric sound mosiac. In between are freak-folk anthems Genevieve and Shut Eye. The latter featured in an ad for teen soap opera Hollyoaks and somehow managed to retain its integrity while crossing over.