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Death to Lie Ins Popical Is­land

If they gave out awards for Best Use of Hu­mour on an Ir­ish In­die Al­bum, Lie Ins would have it sewn up. Lyrics such as “Damien Wall, it’s not your fault that you have a head like a loaf of bread”? Songs called I Really Feel the

Feel­ings I Feel? We’re in. It’s ob­vi­ous that Popical Is­land multi-taskers Michael Stevens and Ruan Van Vliet place equal weight on ab­sur­dity and brevity, as their thrashy lo-fi blasts of gui­tar and drums work bril­liantly on the glee­fully fran­tic Cold Com­fort and the charm­ingly ragged Uni­ver­sal Truth. Yet over­all Lie Ins are a bit of a con­tra­dic­tory prospect: the al­bum feels like it could do with just a lit­tle more spit’n’pol­ish, but its great­est strength is per­versely in its tat­tered tac­tics. face­ Down­load: Cold Com­fort, We Were Born Into Cor­duroy

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