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Released: 23.09.22

 

 

 

 

 

Guitar Music seems like an oddly reductive title for Liverpool-based indie rock virtuosos, Courting. Releasing their debut album in a musical landscape dominated by cynical post-punk grittiness, Guitar Music stands out. Although tracks like Tennis echo their earlier successful releases like Popshop, in general Courting have broadened their sound to include a more glitchy, angular industrial pop. Tracks like Crass achieve this brilliantly.

Occasionally, the album can feel chaotic and disjointed, as though Courting can’t decide what their sound is and so opt for a kind of postmodern satire of Guitar Music instead (see Twin Cities). As a cohesive body of work, Guitar Music makes little sense. But as a series of interesting, witty and, at points, moving tracks it passes with flying colours. 

 

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