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Double Disk Bargain Review
on 17 March 2013
This band were recommended to me by the Pocket Hipster App, and I have been enjoying their double album for a while now. The songs are somewhere between the blissed out instrumentals of bands like Album Leaf and more commercial pop fare. The songs all hang together, but are varied enough not to sound like they are all inferior variations of the same song. The vocals are not to the front of the mix, but are audible and intriguingly cryptic.
There is a slightly sixties sensibility about the variety of instruments, and an openness to experiment in how the songs are put together. Wisely they have chosen to include a mix of tempos, so a few mid tempo numbers can be followed by something more urgent. Of the two albums, Microcastle is probably the stronger, but at this price, getting the pair is a no brainer. If you like this, then the EP Rainwater Cassette Exchange will also appeal.
Although not as edgy as some of the 4AD label roster, this is a well put together pair of records that are a pleasure to listen to.
The CD case is standard size, with a slightly fiddly fold out arrangement that lets you access the two CDs. I have uploaded a few photos, just in case it is a deal breaker for anyone.