Album review: Stricken City – ‘Songs About People I Know’

Sweetly shambolic indie-pop to fall in love with

If this was the early ’80s [a]Stricken City[/a] would be labelmates of [a]Orange Juice[/a], as this mini-album features eight of the prettiest, shambling C86-style pop nuggets since the Postcard era. Intentionally angular and amateurish, ‘Pull The House Down’, ‘Five Metres Apart’ and ‘Killing Time’ offer skittish, playful guitar lines, fidgety bass and one-finger keyboards, all deliciously cut with Rebekah Raa’s striking, spectral chirrup, which is more than a little reminiscent of Sugarcubes-era Björk. With gawky, naive charm in abundance, this will be an album to make many
a student sigh dreamily as they lovingly scrawl I Heart Stricken City onto their pencil cases in Tippex.

Tessa Harris

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