Ridley Woof release their debut album Giggles today, the culmination of 15 years of writing for Adam Ridley, it’s a huge moment for the emerging trio. The album centres around dark, inventive, soulful pop, but such is the openness on show for the album, that a range of influences twist and turn their way through synthesisers, brass and percussion as you take in the rich sounds on offer.
Having already received airplay from BBC Radio 6 music and more, there is a uniquely strange accessible nature to it all, which is an absolute credit to their quirky, bluesy sound that it feels as though it could easily draw in new fans with their grandiose pop. Sharp lyrics and an honest tone belt out some mightily interesting lines, with tracks like Kidd and Boy already feeling like they could be stand-outs, with earnest lyrics that show a wry way with words that could prove to be very memorable and lead to many repeated listens. Eponymous and opening track Giggles really sets a wonderful tone too, funky and bold from the outset, with a daring, large chorus, it sets out Ridley Woof as something very different indeed. As a debut offering, they’ve set a standard that’ll be a real challenge to live up to, but if they keep pushing in original directions as they have here, they could be that odd little favourite that just keep pushing further and further.