Cheek Mountain Thief - 'Cheek Mountain Thief'

An insipid LP from the Tunng front man

  • Release Date 13 Aug, 2012
  • Record Label Full Time Hobby
4 / 10
There was a time when acoustic-bothering sods like Travis and Turin Brakes ruled the post-Britpop airwaves. Operating on the more experimental fringes were snoozetronica’s Tunng, their flimsy folkisms wrapped in ‘meaningful’ obscurity. Mainman Mike Lindsay recently upped sticks for Iceland, got engaged and made a folklore-inspired LP as Cheek Mountain Thief. Sounds amazing, but CMT’s satchel is packed with sleepy-making barbiturates. Ditties like ‘Strain’ and ‘Darkness’ boast an ear-stroking whimsy, but an insipid, pathological hippiness remains within his music.

Jazz Monroe

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