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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.
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