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The slower guitars and sad hobo-romantic lyrics put Hobotalk within an American singer/songwriter/folk tradition that fit northern European countries around 2000 perfectly. From the little Scottish coastal city of Dunbar, Marc Pilley spent his more youthful years touring around Britain and European countries like a troubadour. Finally settling down in his hometown once again, he published music and used Small Hopetown Giants. But quickly he created Hobotalk as well as Al Denholm, whom he understood from college, Ross Edmond, and Lain Bruce. In November 1999, they released the five-track EP Photos of Love, which helped getting them on the tour with blues-rockers Gomez. This result in a agreement with Virgin, and in-may 2000, their debut recording, Beauty in Madness, premiered, revolving very much around Pilley and his tales of wandering and homecoming. Hobotalk could be compared to additional Scottish functions like Belle and Sebastian or Arab Strap, but is a lot more straightforward without ironic twists towards the solely sentimental lyrics. Alongside the mellow music, this makes them linked to the so-called fresh acoustic movement, as well as rings like Kings of Comfort and I Am Kloot, despite the fact that Hobotalk will probably attract a somewhat older audience, missing the pop picture of others.

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