Lank Haired Girl To Bearded Boy
So the bearded boy turns to the lank-haired girl...
In their own quietly subversive way, Jo Bartlett and Danny Hagan have produced another defining record for a year in which messing with the formula has been [I]de rigueur[/I]. It doesn't herald itself with quite the explosive insolence of 'Guerrilla' or 'The Beta Band', but there's the same evident desire to refract a frazzled urban experience through waves of pastoral guitar'n'whatever else is at hand. Their ambition is most obvious on 'Love Expression' which shifts from an ululating trip-gospel groove into a warm mantra of horns and strings and bric-a-brac beats. Or there's 'Hippy Thinking' where dirty distorted guitar and indolent tambourine rhythms are laid as foundation for Jo's Dot Allison-esque tones.
After 35 all-too short minutes, you pull yourself away from the speakers with a strange and glowing sense of wonder. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship
To read all our reviews first - days before they appear online - check out NME magazine, on sale every Wednesday