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The Answering Machine

Lightbulbs

The Answering Machine
A year ago, this Manc trio were the toast of A&R-ville, playing their drum machine-backed indiepop in front of fluttering chequebooks. Given that they’re a band that sound like a playschool Strokes playing Bis songs — with all the commercial possibilities of cardboard showercaps — this was odd. Now free of all that, this is a cherubic delight. “Her eyes pop like lightbulbs” is the prettiest lyric we’ve heard for ages, and while it’s unlikely they’ll sell more than six records, the six that do buy it will leave the shop skipping.

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