Coldplay have a lot to answer for. Not only have they aided the resurrection of one of the most crashingly average bands in Britain (cough, Embrace), they have also inspired the formation of several more crashingly average British bands (cough Keane, cough Snow Patrol). And yet again, the comparisons with Chris Martin and Co. are inevitable for London based (though originally Icelandic) band, Leaves.
There's tinkling piano, "soaring melodies" and a big chorus. All the hallmarks of the generic Coldplay rip off. But wait! There's more to The Spell than may at first meet the ears: The vocals are interesting, recalling Thom Yorke, and there's a beat that brings to mind the über-cool electronica of The Postal Service. On repeated listens The Spell reveals itself to be a very likeable track indeed, not unlike Doves' best work.
Here then, is at least one band that have benefited musically from the Coldplay's influence - taking it and twisting it in an intriguing direction. The first Leaves album, Breathe, was a little pedestrian for my liking, but above average for the genre. If The Spell is anything to go by, we should all be looking forward to their second album, The Angela Test, slated for an August release.