Bristol is now steeped in lofi royalty with, amongst many others, Oliver Wilde, Trust Fund — and now Something Anorak. Creeping in as one of the best releases of the year so far, one of Howling Owl’s more recent signings slide their understated debut album ‘Tiny Island’ under your nose as if to say “well?”.
A sterling crop of broken guitar-laden, layered vocal-soaked numbers, vintage synths complete things for a near-perfect palette of sounds. Becoming hopelessly lost in the album, picking out highlights like the hypnagogic ‘I’ve Been Here For Weeks’ or the more band-driven ‘The Things We Do When No-one’s Watching’ feels almost futile, with a better policy perhaps being to simply osmose their world in a state of sweet, teenage abandon.
Although at first glance it can be easy to take the lofi sound at face value, you’re left with a resounding satisfaction that Something Anorak are combining the genre’s well-tread themes in much less well-tread ways. The intimacy of Speedy Ortiz, the nonchalance of Pavement, the dirt of Sonic Youth, swamped vocals as to an Elliott Smith, with some forlorn tangents even calling to mind Thom Yorke or Anthony & The Johnsons.
Every now and then an artist comes along to remind you that music is a little message from one person’s soul to another. Deeply affecting at every turn.
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