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It’s been a good while since we last heard from Admiral Fallow – six years in fact since both their last record and their previous visit to North East. This extended layoff has allowed members to pursue their own ends (not least You Tell Me, Sarah Hayes’ excellent collaboration with Field Music’s Peter Brewis), yet the quintet’s re-emergence feels timely; a welcome, warm dose of congenial indie folk, just as the winter months begin to draw in.

What’s more, the Scots’ return to The Cluny on Tuesday 23rd November will present fans with a fresh clutch of heart-rending favourites, coming hot on the heels of their long-awaited fourth full-length, The Idea of You. Produced by Paul Savage (Mogwai, Arab Strap, Deacon Blue) and issued via long-time label Chemikal Underground, the album’s nine songs traverse everything from Philly soul and sophisticated pop to guitar-driven rock, though never fall too far from the group’s much-loved hallmark; soaring yet intimate anthems, imbued with beauty, empathy and a rich streak of melodicism. Recorded pre-pandemic, the collection also offers a refreshing reminder of simpler times, its themes of growth and bloom bestowing respite following a year rammed with lockdown albums and off-the-cuff side projects.

Admiral Fallow’s previous visits to The Cluny have been joyful, celebratory occasions. With all that’s happened since, I’d be little surprise if this show sees them go one better.

Admiral Fallow play The Cluny, Newcastle on Tuesday 23rd November. The Idea of You is out now via Chemikal Underground


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