No-Man – Together We’re Stranger

First since 2001's Returning Jesus from durable duo

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; No-Man are Britain’s most underrated sorrowful sonic architects. At least as good as prime Talk Talk, singer Tim Bowness and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson (also a mainstay of Porcupine Tree) embrace the elegies of Eno (though it’s Roger of that name who guests here), Sylvian, Glass, Blue Nile, and, oh, anything with the word “blue” in it.

Tracks on their fifth full album build from gentle melancholy to sturm-und-drang magniloquence, bemoaning crumbled love or just muttering about everyday ennui. “You talk so fast to stop yourself from thinking/You move so fast so you’ll never see you’re sinking. “No-Man here take things slowly, stay afloat.

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