An End­less Sum­mer Daze 7/10

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Badly over­drawn boy: Manc lo-fi imp’s mir­ror to moder­nity

While teaching gui­tar in Manch­ester schools, fresh-faced trou­ba­dour Lau­rie Hulme con­ceived of Songs For Wal­ter as a project to put his late grand­fa­ther’s life to mu­sic. Hav­ing ticked that box with his 2016 de­but, Hulme’s sec­ond al­bum turns its fresh, folky face to twen­tysome­thing tri­als; over-de­mand­ing jobs (“Squar­ing Cir­cles”), sur­veil­lance cul­ture (“Ear­wig­ging”) and the kind of ur­ban lone­li­ness that leads to fall­ing into the arms of a neigh­bour whose favourite song is “Los­ing My Re­li­gion” (the twinkly “I Don’t Know Who You Are”). Imag­ine El­liott Smith with the slightly evan­gel­i­cal right­eous­ness of a Mo­men­tum leaflet­ter, and pre­pare to be pleas­antly sur­prised.

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