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- A Solution To Everything by Model Village
8/10 Mike Staff review, 09 May 2012
Ooh, a delightful slice of slightly twee pastoral indie-pop here from Model Village, a seven-piece who include among their ranks members of bands like Econoline, Fuzzy Lights, Slowgun, Hidden Messages and Hey Colossus, but somehow manage to avoid sounding remotely like any of the above. Instead this is gently-paced, lush and melodic indie which sometimes has a girl singer and sometimes a boy but rarely both. It's earnest, workmanlike stuff, and I'm quite taken with the letterpress-printed card sleeve it comes in, too. Couple of Riso-printed (?) inserts too. Classy little package.
The record's got a jangly mid-era REM kind of aesthetic but more English and intimate-sounding, perhaps also recalling Jason Molina's less maudlin Magnolia Electric Co tracks in places, and some of it's also reminding me of early '00s northern sentimentalists Nathaniel Green, and there's even snatches of Motorpsycho's Fleetwood Mac-influenced early '00s arranged pop sound, to my ears at least (although if you're not familiar with that era then please disregard the comparison as it doesn't sound a bit like what they're doing now!). The rough-around-the-edges Belle & Sebastian-style melodic lightness tempers the lush instrumentation nicely and makes for a very comfortable listen. Although this album has been culled from various singles and splits and comps it sounds like a “proper” album to me and I'd never have guessed if the press release hadn't pointed it out.
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