You say you understand how I feel if never quite what I say.
Pagan Wanderer Lu Best Of 2009
Empty Set really, really love Pagan Wanderer Lu’s music, so we’re honoured to get a mention in his ‘Top Albums of 2009’.
Going Steady With Life But Never Making Out Best Of 2009
Roy includes As Neat As A New Pin in his ‘Top Albums Of 2009’. From his other picks he clearly has excellent taste so we’re sincerely flattered.
These guys are a guilty pleasure of mine. I’m a huge fan of that genre deridingly known as “twee pop,” as probably best demonstrated by auteurs Belle and Sebastian. The Emptyset filled my twee pop fix this year, as B&S’s “project” God Help the Girl sorely disappointed me. The Emptyset are perfect for those dateless weekends when feeling sorry for yourself is cathartic rather than pathetic.
Cargo Records Best Of 2009
Our thanks to James at Cargo Records, who included us in their ‘Staff Picks 2009’ review.
Weep in to your pint music.
Perfect! Thanks James!
BBC Manchester Review
‘Empty Set write tender love songs set against a backdrop of musical gentility, which make up the duo’s sweet debut, As Neat As A New Pin. The topics of their songs include physics, bad handwriting, Canadian journalists and French mathematicians. Impressively, such oddities are not forced in for effect, as the topics weave so easily in with the sparing accompaniments that you just know that they’re there because it’s just how songwriter Tommy Ogden thinks. Of course, decent lyrics are only one half of any musical battle and thankfully they come supported by satisfying, if occasionally over-sparse, little melodies to make songs as neat and tidy as the album title suggests.’
Eardrums Best Of 2009
Knut included As Neat As A New Pin in a ‘Best of June & July 2009’ for Eardrums Music.
LimeWire Store Review
Al reviews As Neat As A New Pin for the LimeWire Store.
This duo delivers quirky rock in spades. It’s mostly done with preciously clever irony, dramatic crescendos, and stringed instruments, although the unexpected bass synth on “Portia I Dreamt You Were A Princess” is definitely a high point. Playing off elaborate chimes, this singular synth is not only a welcome relief after an album of violins and meticulously produced acoustics. It’s also nice that, after an album of constantly reminding the listener they’re joking, the Empty Set actually make a joke.
I’m not sure if we were joking. Is it good to be joking? If it is, I was definitely joking.
The Line Of Best Fit Preview
Tom Whyman had us down as Ones To Watch for 2009.
Tommy Ogden’s science textbookworm-y Magnetic Fieldsianisms are the stuff of songwriting magic.
The Line Of Best Fit Review
Tom Whyman gives As Neat As A New Pin 88% in his review for The Line Of Best Fit. Wow, that’s a lot of percents!
You might be thinking by now that the Empty Set have it all. And you’d be right, they do. So you have no excuse whatsoever for not listening to their music.
Die Shellsuit, Die! Review
‘It is between these two points that As Neat As A New Pin exists; sometimes it behaves as a typical folk album, all soft vocals and delicate ukuele, other times it veers off into a soundtrack of tape loops and droning strings. It’s this willingness to experiment, coupled with a lyrical slant as concerned with science and mathematics as it is with unrequited love, that makes Empty Set more than just another twee, folk outfit.’
Song, By Toad Review
Matthew reviews As Neat As A New Pin for Song, By Toad.
‘The album might take a little time to sink in. The pace varies subtley, from the jaunty pleasures of Alice & Bob, to the more moody, and rather surprising, version of Some Candy Talking. These ups and downs are quite gentle though, so it would be easy to allow the noise of life around you to overwhelm this album when you play it. I would be careful not to let that happen though, because it really is worth the attention if you sit down and really listen to it. It’s a total curve ball from Tough Love, and an absolute corker.’