Sodastream – A Minor Revival

Winsome Australian duo's third album

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Often tagged as “the Australian Belle & Sebastian”, Sodastream are a less demonstrably poppy proposition. They’re actually less interesting when they essay perky than when wallowing in the warm melancholy of “Chorus Line”, subtly shaded with double bass and steel guitar. Singer Karl Smith lets rip on “Constant Ships”, as if touching the raw nerve of profound grief. Music whose lack of sophistication is both vice and virtue.

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