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It's difficult to rate Candidate properly on your first few listens: they're one of those bands where songs you initially overlooked around suddenly reveal themselves to be little masterpieces of constrained emotion, like tiny ships in bottles that suddenly unfurl their sails.
So, it's difficult to tell which songs on Oxengate will turn out to be the eventual winners in a strong field. 'Furlough' opens with some delicious humming that gently introduces a strong song with a strong story. 'Going Back to Amsterdam' is yet another entry in Candidate's catalogue of songs that swoop on wings of sumptuous harmonising. 'Marie Alexander' is another pretty song with plenty of legs. The… Read more