AN­GELO DE AU­GUS­TINE

Swim Inside The Moon 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Home­made folk-pop from Suf­jan Stevens pro­tégé Graeme THom­Son

A 24-year-old sub­ur­ban Los An­ge­leno, De Au­gus­tine makes lo-fi ar­ti­sanal folk with a sum­mer-pop sharp­ness. Home-recorded, flooded with nat­u­ral re­verb, his sec­ond al­bum, af­ter 2014’s Spi­rals Of Si­lence, con­sists pri­mar­ily of in­tri­cately con­structed acous­tic guitar lines and De Au­gus­tine’s soft, high whis­per of a voice. Signed to Suf­jan Stevens’ la­bel, it’s pos­si­ble to dis­cern a gen­tle affin­ity, along­side echoes of José González, Deven­dra Ban­hart and Sun Kil Moon. A sickly or­gan creeps into “More Than You Thought To Use”, rem­i­nis­cent of The Beach Boys, un­plugged and at their most God-struck, while the glo­ri­ous “Haze” sug­gests Nick Drake back­ing Jeff Buck­ley.

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