The unusual arrangements and the whistle-friendliness make this Northampton foursome's release endearing and enjoyable, if not exactly a conversion experience.
And nagging away at the back of your mind is the thought it sounds similar to some Beatles track. But what is it...what is it? Of course! It's the White Album's Don't Pass Me By.
But the rumpy-pumpy out-of-tune piano is replaced by Medium 21's damped high-in-the-mix acoustic guitars, the lyrics are even more whinging than the Beatles', and By My Side is frankly more pleasant to listen to.