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Sun Col­lec­tive ★★★★ Self-re­leased

On pa­per, Sun Col­lec­tive’s de­but sounds like a box-tick­ing ex­er­cise. Songs writ­ten for string trio? For two pi­anos and three male voices? With a heavy jazz, in­die, folk, or­ches­tral and con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal slant? Some­how, the eight-piece Dublin en­sem­ble not only con­sol­i­date their melt­ing pot, but thrive while do­ing so. Si­lence blends the soft mur­mur of jazz with three-part har­monies be­fore swing­ing head­long into a lush string ar­range­ment; Burn takes a banjo riff, threads it through a trickle of pi­ano and builds to an in­die-folk cli­max, while Nooses shim­mers and fades in and out with a thrilling un­pre­dictabil­ity. The stand­out of track is the swoon­some, soar­ing Tides, which is one of the most up­lift­ing songs we’ve heard all year. This gem of an al­bum may fly un­der your radar, but it re­ally shouldn’t. face­ sun col­lec­tive en­sem­ble LAU­REN MUR­PHY

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