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February: 18 albums you need to hear this month

That's the month sorted, then

  • Mixmag Crew
  • 3 February 2017
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Aquilo 'Silhouettes' (Island Records)

Lancaster duo Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham create spellbinding and atmospheric pop that’s perfect for wintry church concerts. Like a warm embrace on an icy morning, the pair’s captivating harmonies come together effortlessly on debut album ‘Silhouette’. With a cinematic sound not unlike Hurts, ‘Almost Over’, ‘I Gave It All’ and ‘All I Ever Wanted’ are intimate tear-jerkers. ‘Human’ is a SOHN-produced highlight, boasting almost-apocalyptic production, while ‘Sorry’ is re-imagined by Iceland’s Ólafur Arnalds. ‘You Won’t Know Where You Stand’ and ‘Never Seen You Get So Low’ are just as powerful, each employing meaningful lyrics and faultless falsettos to tell stories. Ben Jolley


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