Little Fictions


“It’s all gonna be magnificennnnt,” Guy Garvey sings on the lead single of Elbow’s seventh album and, like a familiar pint of bitter, the vocalist’s lush and lovelorn tones comfortably warm the bottom of your heart. Magnificent (She Says) is a typically stirring Elbow anthem, strings swelling in cinematic harmony with Garvey’s triumphant chorus, and a fabulous opening return from the British indie rock veterans. The follow-up to 2014’s chart-topping The Take Off and Landing of Everything, and their first as a four piece, finds the Mercury prize-winning Mancunians embracing the space left by the departure of drummer Richard Jupp with a sparse yet more expansive sound. Although more electronically beat driven, Little Fictions is unmistakably lump-in-your-throat Elbow. Garvey describes its content as “great big themes and concerns for the world, at the same time as falling in love, looking forwards and backwards”, and on tracks such as the delicately brooding Gentle Storm and the gorgeous Trust the Sun, the poetic melancholy appears to contain a newfound optimism.