Movietone – The Sand And The Stars

Gorgeous fourth album from the subtlest band in Britain

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Bristol’s Movietone belong to a tradition of dolorous, mizzly, very English music like Weekend and The Marine Girls. On this fourth album, their trademark sound?wistful chamber-pop with jazz and folk influences that drift in and out like sea frets?is enhanced by location recording on a beach near Land’s End. Rachel Wright’s vocals are a pensive murmur, and the most disruptive noise comes from the seagulls that invade its last track, “Near Marconi’s Hut”. But; like 2000’s superb The Blossom-Filled Streets, music that initially seems wilfully understated becomes compelling after a few listens.

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