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Tales from the Thames Delta

The Milk

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Despite the heyday of Motown being almost half a century in the past, Detroit's most storied record label created not just a string of timeless hits, but a seemingly infinite well of inspiration for artists to drink from. Hailing from Essex, the Milk are the latest band to draw from the well, taking some of the touchstones of classic R&B and the Northern soul of their native England and adding a dash of rock intensity to create their debut album, Tales from the Thames Delta. With its soulful vocals and bouncing rhythms, the album recalls the sweet sounds of the '60s, but with a louder, more crash-and-bang production style to separate themselves from the smoother sounds of Mayer Hawthorne or Aloe Blacc. This the Milk do to avoid pastiche while touching on some of the melodic touchstones that have made that classic sound…well…classic. While this combo of the old and the new isn't anything listeners haven't heard before, it's certainly big on fun, which to its credit, really feels like the goal of Tales. This isn't a record for sitting around and reminiscing about the good ol' days of Stax and Motown, it's an album inspired by that halcyon era that wants you to go out have fun now, without spending a whole lot of brainpower on intellectualizing the history of where it came from. Long story short, if you've come to Tales from the Thames Delta looking for a faithful re-creation of the Motown sound, you'll probably be disappointed, but if it's a good time you seek, the Milk might just have the cure for what ails you.

Customer Reviews

First to rate this album!!!

Instant classic from The Milk!!! Non stop quality from start to finish. Think every band out there can learn from this. THIS is how to make an impression!! Genius..... Keep your eyes on the Milk.

Great album

Quality music at its best. I'm hooked on these guys!


4 boys from wickford have made an awesome album here that is going to turn the music industry on its head. Well done lads!


Formed: Essex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s

Hailing from Essex, England, the Milk blend classic Motown and Northern soul with modern pop to create their soulful, party-ready sound. While the quartet members cut their teeth as a punk band, they eventually put that aside and dove headfirst into the big melodic sound of old-school R&B that they had come to love while growing up. With that decision, members Rick Nunn (vocals), Mitch Ayling (drums), Luke Ayling (bass), and Dan LeGresley (guitar) reinvented themselves as the Milk, pulling together...
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