Album review

Arbol - S

If Arbol had been around in the late-'80s they would probably have been snapped up by 4AD and promoted as the missing link between the Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil.

Singer Suzy Mangion has one of those voices that hovers between ethereal and doleful, while Miguel Marin is a master at creating delicate, ambient soundscapes. Tracks like "Three Reasons" fuse jewellery-box electronics with a haunting piano refrain while others splice grainy loops, beats and samples with emotive guitars, drums and viola. Quietly enchanting.

Rating: 3 / 10


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