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Weather­house ★★★

Bella Union

The drum­mer jokes were made (and dis­pelled) by Philip Sel­way’s fine 2010 de­but, Fa­mil­ial, a clutch of frag­ile songs built on a pre­dom­i­nantly acous­tic scaf­fold­ing. For his sec­ond solo ef­fort, the Ra­dio­head pot-banger en­lists folk­tron­ica spe­cial­ist Adem Il­han and string-based mu­si­cian Quinta’s skills for a suc­cinct, full-sound­ing 10-song col­lec­tion. The elec­tronic throb of Com­ing Up for Air and Miles

Away re­calls a less po­tent Mas­sive At­tack. Sel­way’s voice is or­di­nary at best, but he uses it beau­ti­fully on the haunt­ing

Ghosts, a track that re­calls Ra­dio­head’s Hail to the Thief era, while Let It Go’s de­fi­ant dec­la­ra­tion of emo­tional ad­vance­ment mixes melan­cho­lia with a twin­kling pop melody. We’re still wait­ing for a new Ra­dio­head al­bum, but this plugs the gap nicely. philipsel­


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