THE FERNWEH

THE FERNWEH SKELETON KEY, OUT 20 JULY

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Liver­pool col­lec­tive dream up their own retro world. There’s some­thing about the de­but from Liver­pool’s The Fernweh that makes it feel like a dusty, sec­ond-hand record-shop dis­cov­ery rather than an al­bum recorded in a time of Trump and Love Is­land. The will-o’-the wisp of Wicker Man folk-rock drift­ing into curlicues of pas­toral psychedelia, ar­cane turns of phrase (“10 a penny”, “har­vest will come when our work is done”), even the sleeve de­picts two soot-stained boys from the ’ 70s. A pe­riod piece from a time that never quite ex­isted, per­haps, but the world they’ve cre­ated is an ut­terly be­guil­ing one. Its lush thicket of del­i­cate ar­range­ments and Les­lies­peak­ered, sun­shine pop pro­vid­ing the per­fect place to es­cape to. A new lost clas­sic. ★★★★ CHRIS CATCHPOLE Lis­ten To: Is This Man Both­er­ing You? | A Leaf Didn’t Move

The Fernweh: pro­vid­ing “the per­fect place to es­cape to.”

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