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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

LINK: Insightful Auburn review

Auburn: Indian Summer (Scarlet)

Despite being out of the loop for almost 10 years and titling their latest after a great English cliche, Auburn have a lot of style.

Fronted by a tremendous vocalist in Liz Lenten, whose influence bears hallmarks of some of the great dream pop singers but with a more singer-songwriter approach, the group create mature, heartfelt melodies for a new generation.

Too Far From Home features the great folk fiddler Eliza Carthy - who seems to be everywhere these days - while Day Dreamin' is a dub mix, indicative of not only the variety that Indian Summer has to offer but also their open-minded approach.

Although certain moments are pure whimsical indulgence such as the overly soft and gentle This Is The Life, the rich instrumentation throughout also ensures that the chamber pop-esque ensemble create surprises at every corner and have no shortage of opportunity to reinvent themselves.

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