Album reviews: Minor Victories & The Dears

There’s a couple of new album reviews over on musicOMH

Minor Victories – Orchestral Variations

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Minor Victories are  an indie ‘supergroup’ consisting of Rachel Goswell (Slowdive), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Justin Lockey (Editors) and his brother James (of Hand Held Club). Last year, they released a pretty great album which sounded exactly what you may imagine a record made by Slowdive, Mogwai and Editors would sound like.

This new album is a re-recording of the songs on that debut, but stripped of all vocals and mostly performed on piano and strings. It’s lovely in parts but I miss the power of the original and Goswell’s vocals. Read the full review over here.

The Dears – Times Infinity Volume One

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The Dears have been going for over 20 years now, but never really received the recognition they deserved. Their 2003 No Cities Left was a real classic, but their albums since have fallen into the ‘critically adored but low selling’ category. This new one will probably do the same, but it doesn’t make it any less wonderful. There’s a track called To Hold And Have which is one of my favourite tracks of the year already, and the interplay between lead singer Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchuk is always good to hear. Read the full over here, which it turns out, The Dears themselves totally approved of.

 

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