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Released: 27.05.16

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Having built his trade on a succession of comic-miserabilist indie folk records, Summer Of ’13 marks a fairly major shift for Malcolm Middleton.

Building on his instrumental work as Human Don’t Be Angry, his sixth solo album finds him leaping head-first into eighties styled synth balladry that falls somewhere between The Blue Nile and Pet Shop Boys.

On songs like You & I and Music Ticks he makes for a surprisingly convincing pop artist, his typically sardonic burr giving this record’s glimmering sheen a pleasing twist.

Not all of Summer Of ’13 works – the wilfully messy title track never really coheres – but it’s still a pleasure to have Malcolm Middleton back and opening a new phase in his work.

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