Courteous Thief : Once BurntRelease : 04.07.16
Courteous Thief are a band formed around the nucleus of the songwriting, voice and guitar of Llandudno based Gary Roberts. Once Burnt is the first single released from their imminent second album (Beyond These Walls - available 09.07.16) and is best described a spirited rush of first-rate indie acoustic pop.
Courteous Thief have had airplay in the past (including a very commendable three 'BBC Wales Single of the Week' awards) and no small measure of success, but you get the sense rooting about their website and Facebook that they have higher hopes for Beyond These Walls - and if Once Burnt is any measure of the rest of the album then that seems utterly realistic.
Lyrically about the uncertainy of returning to a broken relationship, it taxis along with guitar and voice for half a verse, before gathering full band momentum and taking flight, starting to effortlessly soar by the first exalting chorus.
Immediately memorable, full of energy, animated; Once Burnt is just truly great acoustic pop.