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Dirty Hit

Released: 09.02.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though not Stock/Aitken/Waterman levels of uniformity, there’s a definite consistency with sound and production in the Dirty Hit gang. Landing in the space occupied by the more wistful 1975 or Pale Waves moments, the new one from BFL is, accordingly, not as original as previous outings, but still offers much of the pop-laden hooks and quality control expected from the label’s output. 

Centred around piano-based pop (weirdly recalling Gary Barlow compositions from ‘95-‘98) Some Things Break sparkles when kept minimal, as on the title track, God’s Best and Moon Landing Hoax, or the Damien Rice influenced-folk pop of New York and Spokane, Washington. An album offering lovely, mature compositions from an artist intent on speaking their truth. Dirty Hit keep on trucking. 

 

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