Palm Springs have been quiet of late. Their singles & album have sold steadily over the years and it's nice to see them offering up some fresh product. 'Blood & Water' is a limited 7" on Rank, with a B&W polaroid giving it the feel of a Hood record. Inside, you get a very gentle & melancholic concoction of tender, fragile sing-song vocals, strings & hushed acoustic guitar pop. Played with a grace & a classicism that is quite faultless, they sound - if a contemporary reference be called for - like a rather slow, dreamy Dark Captain, Light Captain after too many valium. And sad books.