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They May Put Land be­tween Us

Folk­wit Records Mooching through the un­der­growth of Bris­tol, you will dis­cover that, as well as that city’s pi­o­neer­ing of trip-hop, there is also a pen­chant for the kind of in­spired strain of folk/ pop mu­sic that ref­er­ences the clas­sic (Nick Drake, Simon & Gar­funkel) and the con­tem­po­rary (Pre­fab Sprout, Suf­jan Stevens). Say hello to Joyce the Li­brar­ian (a band name lifted di­rectly by singer-song­writer Martin Calling­ham from the oh-so-Bri­tish Richard Stil­goe/ Peter Skellern song), a gen­tle in­die-folk op­er­a­tion that takes lib­er­ally from their sparse sources while adding the tex­tured in­stru­men­ta­tion of strings and brass. The songs are sim­plis­tic, but in­tu­itive and in­formed, me­an­der­ing like a snaking garden path. joycethe­li­brar­

Fol­low Me I’m Right Be­hind You, Still Sleep­ing, Break­fast Club

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