The Free Design

First and third LPs from contemporaries of The Association and The 5th Dimension

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Name-checked by Stereolab and Cornelius, The Free Design’s breezy soft pop has the cachet of The Millennium’s sunshine gothic, despite or perhaps, perversely, because their harmonies and personal lives are so pure. There’s no tragic slide towards anorexia and amphetamine abuse


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Jack Cooper of Modern Nature’s fresh perspective on life and music: “I’m after openness and expansiveness now”

Zookeeper, garage-rock avatar, avant-garde explorer… Jack Cooper had already travelled long distances before he left the city for the right kind of quiet. But while this move has given Cooper fresh perspective, what does it mean for his band, Modern Nature?