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In the very best way possible, Baker Island never manage to stay quiet for long. It was only last September that the quintet unveiled their superb second album Restless Legs, supporting the release with a UK tour which underlined how far word has spread on their wild and witty take on indie rock tradition.

Only a few months later though, they’re back with a new EP entitled Always, 1995, due out on cassette and digital formats on Tuesday 3rd April via Philophobia Music (home to other like-minded noisemakers like Piskie Sits.) The title track, having previously appeared on Restless Legs, is already an established Baker Island favourite, with a niggling ear-worm of a guitar riff swiftly overwhelmed by dreamy vocal harmonies and bubbling synth melodies.

Alongside the title track are three brand new songs from the band: the fuzz-rock power punch of Badly Assembled Focus Group (the Baker Island tradition of joyously absurd song titles is, thankfully, very much still a thing), the retro electronics that propel Stretch Model and the noisy, riotous closer Low Cost Locus, expanding on the more experimental, collage-like side of the band previous displayed on tapes like Our Chef Went To Mexico. It’s another delightful missive from one of the region’s most consistently loveable acts.


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