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Artist You Tell Me Al­bum You Tell Me La­bel Mem­phis In­dus­tries

★★★★☆ Peter Brewis of Field Mu­sic and Sarah Hayes of Ad­mi­ral Fal­low met at a Kate Bush cel­e­bra­tion show and be­gan work­ing to­gether with the in­ten­tion of him pro­duc­ing her. That their col­lab­o­ra­tion evolved into a band is cause for cel­e­bra­tion. You Tell Me is a record of count­less plea­sures, it jumps be­tween points with­out ever sound­ing jumpy for the sake of it. It’s de­light­fully eclec­tic rather than ir­ri­tat­ingly rest­less.

The open­ing track, Enough to Notice, is a red her­ring: di­rect and four-to-the-floor, poppy but in the sense Tele­man, rather than Lit­tle Mix, are poppy. But the im­pres­sion at the end of the al­bum is that you’ve lis­tened to a folk record, which comes from the strength of the largely acous­tic tracks – For­eign Parts, Spring­burn, No Hurry, Jouska and Kabuki – and from Hayes’s gor­geous, lightly ac­cented voice. There are hints of Fair­port Con­ven­tion, too, in the glorious Clar­ion Call, which of­fers one of pop’s most ap­peal­ing sonic com­bi­na­tions – slide gui­tar and a woman’s voice – and el­e­ments of sys­tems mu­sic in the skit­ter­ing key­board pat­terns of In­vis­i­ble Ink.

You Tell Me is an un­pin­down­able record: fa­mil­iar enough to sound com­fort­ing, but new enough to pique your in­ter­est, and make you lis­ten for the way forms have been taken and bent. It’s like that new jumper you got for Christ­mas, the one you wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily have bought your­self, but how you love it now you’ve got it.

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