Vision Thing: Soundtrack for Spring 2011?

26 Feb

Listening to Vision Thing’s new album makes you feel you’re on a beach…

Wow what an opening line.

This could be because the album cover itself is a picturesque view of the sculptures on Crosby beach. And this could also be that many of the lyrics in the eleven songs on the album contain a consistent chunk of beach-like imagery.

I’d not heard of Vision Thing until they contacted me via Twitter. They sent me their new album which I received on Wednesday, and Bob’s your uncle, we were away.

At the time I was thinking “brilliant name for a band. VISION THING – just got me thinking of a punky-indie band. But I was a tad wrong there because they describe themselves on their website as an Indie Folk band (so I was half right I suppose).

A six-piece consisting mostly from Southport, Vision Thing’s latest album effort ‘North’ soothes its listener with a very sweet and soulful sound.

The opening track ‘Slow Down’ was the best on the album by far for me. It has such a mellow melody that really gives you a bit of a smile. The harmonies of each vocalist are well crafted which itself is very difficult to achieve. The lyrics are powerful yet very simple in the way that lead singer Pete Cunliffe formulates them. And this song definitely allowed me to subscribe myself to listen to the rest of the album.

And ten other songs later I was impressed. Some songs were a bit iffy and ambiguous but on the contrary were something fresh. ‘Eversong’, ‘The Diamond Lost’ and especially ‘You Are The Spark’ are songs to really look for when you’ve listened to the album a few times.

In a strange sense, Vision Thing would be more tailored to America rather than to Britain. It’s the type of music that Americans crave and have produced for years and when you listen to Vision Thing they do sound like they’re more from South Dakota than from Southport.

They are the type of band that you’d buy the album instead of one particular song with the album telling a more collective narrative rather than an accumulation of dissimilar songs. And with ‘North’ they have delivered a cracking album that will only promote their own rural ability.

With ‘North’ I can sense a bit of influence from possibly the likes Fleet Foxes, Guillemots and Elbow with other little bits that you could also add in there.

Overall, I am surprisingly galvanised by Vision Thing. They are a must listen for 2011 with their unique sound setting a cool and pacific tempo for the upcoming Spring.


By Chris Martin


8 Responses to “Vision Thing: Soundtrack for Spring 2011?”

  1. Nicola February 28, 2011 at 5:11 PM #

    First track was great, I agree. Good review Chris. I like folk and I enjoyed this album

  2. S Campbell February 28, 2011 at 6:00 PM #

    Great write-up. I’ll have to check them out. Have you heard the Exit Calm album yet? x

    • ChrisPJMartin February 28, 2011 at 6:09 PM #

      I haven’t unfortunately, is it better or worse?

  3. Paul Davies March 1, 2011 at 5:37 PM #

    Been following Vision Thing for a while, not sure why the “feels like before” video is posted, they did a great video recently for “Drop” check this out…

    website is

    great review by the way.

    • ChrisPJMartin March 1, 2011 at 5:39 PM #

      I wanted to put a video of something from the new album but couldn’t find anything on YouTube. That’s why mate.

      • Paul Davies March 4, 2011 at 8:32 AM #

        no worries man, I guess the album is only just out so they havent done any yet, keep rocking man.

  4. P Bouchier March 3, 2011 at 7:15 PM #

    Nice write up Chris. That track ‘Drop’ reminds of a US band called Extreme, particularly a track called ‘More Than Words’ .. have a listen (on youtube) and see if you agree – not vocally, but musically… and you MUST check you Exit Calm mate !


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