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bravely mining the lost essence of british indie, the wave pictures were critically lauded last year for their debut album 'instant coffee baby'. short listed for the guardian 'new album award' and included in plan b's 'albums of 2008', their seductively shabby love songs evoking the grubby romance of youth won them fans amongst public and critics alike. new album 'if you leave it alone' was preceded by the release of the title track as a single. 'if you leave it alone' is described by frontman and lyricist dave tattersall as "a good, long sad song in which, amongst other things, i describe the contents of my fridge". the single, which kicks off the album and defines what tattersall describes as "an acoustic guitar album", was one of twelve songs recorded during the album sessions in berlin - "recorded live in one big session, over a period of maybe twelve hours...there was a lot of drinking and we just wanted to keep playing songs". 'if you leave it alone' embraces a 'very proper, very old fashioned way of recording', cutting back on the electric arrangements of their debut, favouring horns and finger picking and placing a renewed focus on story telling. on moshi moshi.
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