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he wirral feels like a strange island - a place connected by small towns that sprawl into big, billowing industrial towers on its outskirts. on a clear day you can see the yearning countryside of wales. it was from this part of merseyside that outfit emerged from, before moving to liverpool and living in one big house full of friends. if that phase of their early existence was documented by last year's epic post-party plea 'two islands' then their debut ep 'another night's dreams reach earth again' marks the band's shotgun move to the gleaming lights of london. the record is characterised by a hazy fug of electronic textures that dance in and around beaming pop melodies. it's a dreamworld they describe as "tangible, alive, and no less real than waiting for a bus or being in love". 'everything all the time' opens the set, rubbing against a droning house chord for its four and a half minutes, sounding paranoid, ecstatic and confident all at once. 'humboldts' threatens to lose itself to romantic introspection, this time remarking "take a look at everything / it's the best it's ever been". here and elsewhere outfit's sweet spot is found in the space between melancholy and euphoria - a shadowy feeling they throw darts at on each of the four tracks that make up 'another night's dreams reach earth again'. above all outfit's music is darkly psychedelic, evocative and honest. the ep serves as a snapshot of their first winter as a band; returning home to twin flats in stepney green at strange hours, running low on security and heat. were they tempted to return to the north west? in their words: "to go back there is to go home and to not be there is to be in the middle of something more important."
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