GARE DU NORD/MAKE IT NEW Upwards Of Summer 7/10 Pensive english troubadour looks back again, just not as far On his second fulllength, Long jumps a decade from the Nick Drake-inspired ’70s orchestral folk of 2015’s Hoverance to ’80s college rock, his earnest, quavery tenor navigating the jangly settings like Lloyd Cole through Rattlesnakes. Long’s present fixation animates the anxiety-laden “Take Your Mind Back” and “Take It”, each of which finds him in a jetliner’s window seat, as well as the ambling pastorales “Upwards Of Summer” and “Big August”, wherein his regally plucked mandolin and Jack Hayter’s sighing pedal steel conjoin the moods of REM’s “Losing My Religion” and Beck’s Sea Change. The constant push/pull between energy and ennui gives the album its wistful, woozy charm.
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