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Tuned In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Written by . Published on November 23rd 2011.

Tuned In: Album Reviews

Milk and Biscuits – Balcony Times – Big Salad Records – 5 December
Listening to this album is rather like drifting in and out of sleep on a hammock beside the sea. And I mean this with the greatest of respects. Brighton based collective Milk and Biscuits recorded the album throughout the summer and autumn months in 2010 in various locations around the seaside town, drawing upon ambient and droney textures. Led by Matthew Davies and Max Earle, the band are about to play their first live show in December after the release of Balcony Times in early December.

The highlight of the album, hands down, is the second track ‘Rivers’, which begins with the lyrics, “sailing, a storm is watching you”. This sets the tone for the album - that of feeling slightly lost at sea, confused but mostly comforted by the drifty vocals. The album shows more depth than you could imagine though with an unexpected up-tempo change half way through the album as well as a welcome delve into some experimental electronic arrangements. This isn’t the first you’ll hear of this band, I’m sure of it.

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Monument Valley – Tongues – Tritone/PIAS UK records – 28 November
Ned Younger clearly embraces a lot of musical styles. His new EP, which he started work on way back, draws on classic 1950’s rock and roll, postcard-era indie pop. This, with his clear poetic lyrics makes the four tracks on the album very easy to listen to with some beautifully intricate guitar playing. Think Leonard Cohen, Chris Isaak and Elliot Smith.

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Dan Mangan - Oh Fortune – City Slang - 5 December
Dan Mangan is ready to make a big noise. Successful appearances at Glastonbury and End of the Road Festivals have got people talking, and his upcoming album release and gig with Beth Jeans Houghton at Cargo spells progression. Oh Fortune brings a menacing blend of orchestral arrangements over folky textures.

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