This is thoughtful, wry, quietly cheeky lo-fi balladeering somewhere between [a]Gomez[/a] at their best, [a]Scott 4[/a] at their least obscure and former [b]Bonzo Dog Band[/b] songsmith [b]Neil Innes[

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Candidate : Leader EP

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Candidate : Leader EP

Figureheads of the ‘new gentleness’, a bogus pop movement we are

planning to invent early next year, [a]Candidate[/a] know their way around a cello and a well-tuned acoustic guitar. This is thoughtful, wry, quietly cheeky lo-fi balladeering somewhere between [a]Gomez[/a] at their best, [a]Scott 4[/a] at their least obscure and former Bonzo Dog Band songsmith Neil Innes at his most bittersweet. Sly little details, like surreal quotes on the CD artwork and dry rice sealed inside

the

sleeve, point towards a healthy dollop of weirdness below their tranquil surface. Well worth a fabricated movement, we reckon.

Stephen Dalton