I am not sure what the judges for the Mercury Prize were looking for so I cannot understand how this album didn’t make onto their short list.
Imagine a less histrionic Florence Welch singing over an XX style minimal musical backing, where no note is superfluous and every sound has a purpose.
Every track on the album is high quality, focused, honed down songwriting – it took them 2 years to finish the album but it was time well spent. Vocalist Hannah Reid has more variation than Florence, ranging from full on almost X Factor style over-emoting to emotional, whispered and hauntingly beautiful singing, while the jazzy and electronic music never overwhelms her and allows her to be the centre of attraction.
Nigel House, co-founder, Rough Trade record shops