The Shop Window
The Shop Window: Lay Of The Land

(Self Released)

DL | Streaming

Out Now

The Shop Window have just released the single Lay Of The Land, their first new material since their debut album, The State Of Being Human came out in June.

Making up the four-strong IndiePop/Jangly guitar band are partners in musical crime, Carl Mann and Simon ‘Syd’ Oxlee; with the formidable rhythm section of Martin Corder (Bass) and Phil Elphee (Drums) completing the line-up.

I must admit, when I saw the title of the single part of me hoped the band had been brave enough to tackle the opening track to The Fall album The Wonderful and Frightening World Of. It was not to be. Although with the debut album the band delivered a concentrated blast of C86 with a 2021 sensibility; with Lay Of The Land The Shop Window take a trip back in time to quench the thirst for their love of 60’s bands. That said the swirling psychedelia of the verse kicks into a chorus loaded with 80’s/90’s swagger. If you can imagine a pre-denim Status Quo mixed with pre-Britpop Blur then you’re some way there. It’s a testament to the songwriting abilities of the guys that they are able to step into any decade they choose, draw influences and create something sounding fresh.

Speaking to frontman Carl Mann, Lay Of The Land says, “it’s about experiencing dark times along the way, getting lost down a few rabbit holes, meeting the wrong people and getting oneself back into a better place. Eventually figuring out what this is all about, Love!”

If this single is anything to go by, the follow up to The State Of Being Human is going to be a belter. In the meantime, the band have a few dates booked. You can catch them on/at

13th November – The Flower Pot, Maidstone, Kent
26th November – 02 Islington Academy 2 London – (Supporting Thousand Yard Stare)
13th December – The Forum – Tunbridge Wells
19th March – 33 Oldham St, Manchester – with Arcade State & Jay Tennant

For more on The Shop Window visit Bandcamp, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The Shop Window: Lay Of The Land – Single Review


All words by Iain Key. See his Author Profile here author’s archive or on Twitter as @iainkey.

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