The lead track on this EP, About You Before, reminds me of a delicate Belle and Sebastian, it has some beautiful strings and a lovely rhythmic chippy melody. It doesn’t grab you greatly but does enough to leave a cute impression. The title track is much better, surfing an orchestral backing which gives the relaxed pop a much better kick. A beautiful guitar break appears on this too, before a vocally reflective moment and a grandiose ending. Turn The Clock Back is better still, minimal backing letting the cute beauty of the voice shine through, the song shuffling by in a maudlin sadness that makes you cry. Final track I Don’t Know How is as chirpy as some of those great female fronted indie pop groups of yore and has a tremendously catchy chorus. A fine EP indeed.
Correspondence Course is out now on Matinee Recordings
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