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Good Ar­rows Full Time Hobby, £11·99 Early Learn­ing of Eu­gene McGuin­ness Dou­ble Six, £8·99 Park Bench The­o­ries Poly­dor, £12·99

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Tunng Pit­ting fin­ger-pick­ing acous­tic gui­tars against gen­tle syn­the­sised beats, East Lon­don’s Tunng present an au­ral col­li­sion of past and present, which has of­ten been la­belled “folk­tron­ica”. Ac­tu­ally lis­ten­ing to the band’s records is a lot more plea­sur­able than that sin­gu­larly un­ap­petis­ing ep­i­thet might sug­gest. This, their third album, ticks the same boxes as its pre­de­ces­sors — non­har­mon­is­ing, multi-tracked vo­cals; sur­real lyrics; bizarre sam­ples (at one point, a crack­ling fire pro­vides the rhythm track) — but, this time, the core duo of Sam Gen­ders and Mike Lind­say have added a lit­tle ex­tra some­thing: pop tunes. Good Ar­rows would be the per­fect sound­track for a lazy post-mil­len­nial af­ter­noon in the sun­shine. Chance’d be a fine thing.

Eu­gene McGuin­ness

Jamie Scott Shar­ing a record la­bel with Arc­tic Mon­keys, Eu­gene McGuin­ness is be­ing touted as the sen­si­tive singer song­writer that it’s OK for indie kids to like. But while he ad­mirably strives for orig­i­nal­ity, his first record just ends up sound­ing over­wrought. With de­scrip­tions of “Burberry check curb side sex and po­lice cars” (very Alex Turner), he strug­gles to fit much real fresh­ness into ob­ser­va­tions that have all been heard be­fore.

Jamie Scott, with his cash­mere-jumper acous­tic pop, seems happy to melt into all the ra­dio-friendly troubadours who have sat­u­rated the air­waves over the past year. Coo­ing, “I’m a flower, soak­ing in the rain” pretty much sums him up – a bit of a drip.

Drippy: Jamie Scott

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