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Exilophone Records/Republic Of Music

Released: 09.02.24







Since their Britpop, orchestra-heavy heyday, My Life Story’s Jake Shillingford has always been a terrific and unique songwriter. While his chamber pop tunes Strumpet and King of Kissingdom still linger in the mind 20+ years later, these days it’s a stripped-back, guitar-led band delivering the goods, and their fifth studio album is a cracker with choruses which stealthily lodge themselves in your brain (Tits And Attitude; Urban Mountaineer).

The “and-and-and”s on Running Out of Heartbeats, which demonstrate Shillingford stumbling over his words, make for a wonderfully catchy hook, and the dancier Bubblewrap’s sparkly instrumentation has echoes of previous LP World Citizen. Last seen up this way in Yarm in 2020, here’s hoping they play another North East show soon.




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