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Littlebow’s previous CD on Second Language, ‘The Edge Blown Aerophone’, impressed our Phil and Brian so much a couple of years ago that they bestowed our coveted album of the week trophy on it. This week Katie English (Isnaj Dui, The Owl Service) and Keiron Phelan (State River Widening) have another collection of their breezy flute-heavy neo-kraut instrumentals in the form of ‘Pi Magpie’.
The tracks tinkle along with a gentle physicality, delicate but richly arranged with those popular repeato beats meeting a Philip Glass-esque minimal neoclassicism in a way which brings to mind the delicate experiments of Poppy Ackroyd, with guitars and pianos twinkling metronomically alongside the motorik beats almost like a more pastoral Stereolab, perhaps. It’s very musical, sometimes with a bit of a soundtrack feel like Ralfe Band or a more organic interpretation of some of that library synth stuff like The Kramford Look. It’s beautifully realised, involving and human-sounding music with enough depth and subtlety to keep noticing new details in repeated listens. Really lovely.
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