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The London-based group Pocketbooks started making their prim yet sprightly indie pop tunes — ones rooted in the work of twee pop acts like Belle & Sebastian and, to a lesser extent, Camera Obscura — in 2006; the original lineup featured Andy Hudson (vocals, piano), Daniel Chapman (bass), Emma Hall (vocals, keys), Ian Cowen (guitar), and Jonny Tansey (drums). Pocketbooks' debut single, Cross the Line, was released on Atomic Beat Records in the spring of 2007. The band played a flurry of festivals and live shows the following year, including an appearance at Sweden's Rip It Up Festival alongside the Clientele and Pipas, and their first EP, Wake Up, was released on Make Do and Mend Records. Pocketbooks' debut full-length, Flight Paths, was slated for release on How Does It Feel to Be Loved in the summer of 2009.