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Released: 07.02.20







I am a big fan of The Homesick’s mini album from a couple of years ago, Youth Hunt. The band were a breath of fresh air – young and weird and oddly parochial in their sense of humour and sensibility. Hailing from Dokkum in Friesland (home to the Netherlands’ smallest hospital, no less) there’s a magic in their music that can only be forged by the limitations of growing up in a small town. Now signed to Sub Pop; their komische-inflected indie rock has taken much more of a widescreen approach.

These songs are absolutely vibrating with melody and ideas- Erik Woudwijk’s drumming reminds me of Greg Saunier, and there’s a jittery, starry-eyed relentlessness to everything on here. Centrepiece I Celebrate My Fantasy takes numerous twists and turns and utilises a clarinet beautifully. Pawing reminds me of early Field Music in its austere weirdness; indeed, everything on here can be dived into and bathed in, it’s a guitar record that is so good it justifies The Homesick being mentioned in the same breath as Dirty Projectors and Deerhoof. An oddity, a triumph brimming with personality.



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