Arthur In Colour
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Arthur In Colour


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"Review of Malatrophy EP"

Arthur in Colour – Malatrophy EP

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Joe Lepper

Tip for bands looking to get their EP reviewed – send us a personal hand written letter and include a picture of a rabbit drunk on tea on the cover and you’ll rise to the top of the pile. London five piece Arthur in Colour did just that, inviting us to review their debut five track EP Malatropy EP.

We are told their music has been compared to The Magnetic Fields and Belle and Sebastian and can’t argue with that. The band’s leader Arthur Sharpe’s deep throaty vocals are more than a little reminiscent of The Magnetic Fields Stephin Merrit. But while the tracks he takes lead vocal duties on are very 69 Love Song era Magnetic Fields there is a subtle and welcome difference. Perhaps its being London based that gives them an added sense of English eccentricity. This is particularly noticeable on final and best track One In A Million, which sounds like Belle and Sebastian does Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. A marvellous heart warming, sing along that warmed the cockles of my soul on the cold, winter morning this EP arrived through my door.

Elsewhere on the EP another high point is the hooky indie pop of The Ghost of the Town, in which the band’s Lizzie Owens takes lead vocal duties. Great voice and great pop song.


- Neon Filler


Malatrophy EP - 09/11/2012 (physical release)
- 13/11/2012 (digital release)

Two songs from Malatrophy EP ('The Ghost of the Town' and 'One in a Million') have received airtime on the radio show The Listening Post, a sister show to Steve Muscutt's online magazine Music Muso.



Arthur In Colour are a new London-based five-piece who have spent the last few months gigging around the pubs and bars of London. Their music has, in the past, been compared to The Magnetic Fields, Belle and Sebastian, Radiohead and The Beatles.

They are led by Arthur Sharpe, who is a singer-songwriter who also writes soundtracks for films, most notably the BAFTA-nominated 'Black Pond'.

Malatrophy EP is their debut EP released as a limited edition hard copy with exclusive artwork on 09/11/2012 and as a digital download on bandcamp on 13/11/2012. It was given an 8/10 by Neon Filler.