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Border Scout Recordings

Released: 30.10.15

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If you had a melting pot, added a bit of Royksopp, East India Youth, some of the Chemical Brothers in the 90s and just a dash of Homogenic-era Björk you’d probably get an album similar to The Nature of Things. Songs like Grasslands, with its sweeping emotional strings and penultimate track Jupiter, which grows from a subtle synth line into a heady mix of violins and clashing beats, are certainly challenging but occasionally all its bombast gets a bit too much to take in. On more restrained moments like Stars Out, which is vaguely reminiscent of a contemplative Mercury Rev, and the beautiful piano and handclap-led Let’s Pretend We’re Dead, the Newcastle-based Border Scout prove that sometimes less is more.

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