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Stephen Fretwell – The Lines

The 21-year-old Fretwell may lag behind fellow Manc Damon Gough in terms of musical adventurousness but is thankfully still tender and tuneful enough to avoid the fist-munchingly dull quagmire of Tom McRae tedium. “Water Blue” and “Thank You” (so good it gets a reprise) skip with heel-scuffing optimism, while the instrumental “Theme For David Monster” showcases his intuitive ear for a melancholy melody. Just six tracks in under 20 minutes, but it still augurs well for Fretwell’s future.