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Our new mu­sic ed Heather Peace shares her lat­est playlist

Other’s open­ing track, I Ger­mi­nate, of­fers sus­pense, drama and build to draw you in. Full of swells and dips, there’s the su­per-chilled The English U, the raw but or­ches­trally tex­tured The Rarest Birds and the cool drums, dirty bass and vo­cal of Beau­ti­ful Gun. Ti­tle track Other, the first song Moyet re­leased from the al­bum, is only pi­ano and vo­cal, but sits so well af­ter April 10th, the one track on the al­bum that is a spo­ken-word piece, over a richly tex­tured track. The Brighton ref­er­ences in the lyrics made this Brighton girl smile. Track nine, Happy Giddy, feels like a nod to Ali­son’s early Ya­zoo years – up­beat elec­tro-pop and su­per fun – and leads into the fi­nal track Alive, which takes your breath away with its dra­matic, cin­e­matic full­ness. The tex­tures in the pro­duc­tion on this al­bum leave you with much to dis­cover as you lis­ten again and again. The op­po­site of sac­cha­rine pop, Other is ma­ture and com­pli­cated but with im­me­di­ate hooks you’ll latch onto at first lis­ten. Ev­ery track has its own groove and per­son­al­ity – there’s noth­ing “samey” about this record, but there’s a sonic through-line that lets your ears know it’s the same body of work. It’s a proper “lis­ten­ing al­bum”, a def­i­nite grower, the kind you’ll love for a very long time. I’ll ad­mit I’m more into my melodic hooks on the ini­tial lis­ten to a new record, rather than the lyrics, and that’s what I found with Other. But there is so much to dis­cover on this al­bum. As well as the awe­some pro­duc­tion, it’s po­et­i­cally beau­ti­ful. And to top it off, that voice. This is an al­bum for head­phone lis­ten­ing. Lis­ten on your own, in it’s en­tirety, in the or­der it’s been given to you by the artist, and it will trans­port you. Re­leased 16 June

BY HEATHER PEACE

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