The Long Blondes: Separated By Motorways

Somebody sign ’em RIGHT NOW please

Sheffield Sex City! If T’Monkeys sleazy tales of Leadmill life seem set to make voyeurs of us all in 2006, then The Long Blondes are here to provide a little, um, detachment. Polished to under-produced perfection by uber-twiddler Paul Epworth, ‘Separated’ sees Kate Blonde hitching her way from despair to nowhere, sighing, “Two lonely girls go on the run” amidst the crackle of analogue. Yet this isn’t the search for arcadia, instead it’s, “Blue skies and pylons to Suffolk/A1/A14”. A steely northern response to the romanticism of ‘Albion’.