Seemingly out of nowhere, Guillemots' 4th album has arrived in the shape of 'Hello Land!', the the first of four (yes, four) brand new albums they're releasing this year.
And I have to say, it's pretty damn good.
They're one of those bands who I feel have suffered diminishing returns since their excellent 'From The Cliffs' EP and debut long-player 'Through The Window Pane'. The last two albums have been decidedly patchy, not to mention over-long.
But this is a real return to form. It's their most subtle and beautiful collections of songs yet - the sound is predominantly wistful acoustic with ambient washes and some lovely instrumental passages that, at times, oddly recall side 2 of Bowie's 'Low'. And with only 8 songs and a 45 minute running time, it's by far their most concise album to date.
Anyone else given it a chance and been pleasantly surprised?