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Album Review: Alessi's Ark - 'Time Travel'

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Album Review: Alessi’s Ark – ‘Time Travel’

Catapulted from her GCSEs into the hub of London’s bustling anti-folk scene, buoyed by a record deal with the behemothic Virgin, Londoner [b]Alessi Laurent-Marke[/b] has had a hell of a lot of growing up to do.

Her second, now with indie Bella Union, is a precious mix of childlike insouciance and adolescent anxiety. Alessi swings between the likes of [b]‘Wire’[/b] – which finds her intoning “[i]I feel lonely, my friends don’t seem to know me like I thought they did[/i]” before the melancholia is chivvied away in wafting horns and rushing strings – and the lazy, gently wending country of [b]‘Kind Of Man’[/b] and the endearingly rickety [b]‘The Robot’[/b], which have a deftness that defies her years.

Katherine Rodgers

[b]8/10[/b]

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