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Flamingods

World music and African rhythms inform the oddballs’ latest

Flamingods - 'Hyperborea'


8 / 10

It makes sense that the Shape label, run by Islet’s Mark Thomas, should release Flamingods’ second album, as the Cardiff oddballs are about the closest stylistic reference point to its contorting songs. But whereas Islet deal in haphazard indie, Flamingods are indebted to African rhythms and soundscapes cribbed from across the world music remit. ‘Garden Of Indra’ pits oriental chimes against warped lyrics about “going back to school”, while ‘Market Dancer’ is all tribal drums and Animal Collective melodic touches. The title track, meanwhile, sets up the mythical island of Hyperborea as the kind of place that would fill George Harrison’s most psychedelic fantasies. It’s certainly worth a visit.

Lisa Wright
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Emma Tricca

Italian-born singer-songwriter holds no surprises on expertly crafted second effort

Emma Tricca - 'Relic'


7 / 10

‘Relic’ is not a word that normally brims with positive connotations, but it seems a wholly appropriate title for this second album from Italian-born, London-based singer-songwriter Emma Tricca. Sounding like some sort of pre-psychedelic artefact that’s been excavated from a dusty Greenwich Village loft, possibly on reel-to-reel tape, the album’s hushed coffee-house melancholia holds no stylistic surprises, but its trump card comes in the form of Tricca’s own porcelain-doll voice, fragile and childlike, which casts songs like ‘Sunday Reverie’ and ‘The Painter’ in the folksy gloom of half-remembered times gone by. It’s nothing you won’t have heard before – the clue, after all, is right there in the title – but hearing it done as well as this is rare indeed.

Barry Nicolson
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Got A Girl

Fun Lana Del Rey-isms on debut from actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Dan ‘The Automator’ Nakamura

Got A Girl - 'I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now'


7 / 10

Got A Girl are actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and producer/Deltron 3030 member Dan ‘The Automator’ Nakamura. They met while making Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (she played Ramona Flowers, he wrote the score), and bonded over their shared love of French yé-yé singers such as Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy. The result is not unlike Lana Del Rey, but with fun instead of fatalistic gloom. Nakamura’s lush arrangements are bolstered by gentle hip-hop beats and Winstead’s seductive voice is given grit by playfully sinister lyrics: “Maybe soon you’ll see the real me”, she sings on ‘Things Will Never Be The Same’. It sounds more like a threat than a promise.

Andy Welch

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