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Arbouretum - The Gathering

Alex Deller
Alex Deller 17 February at 09.00
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Startlingly close to perfect

On their 2003 tour of the UK, Lungfish had taken to covering ‘Well... All Right’ in the manner of Blind Faith. It was unexpected, but somehow made perfect sense. If, by chance, you caught one of these mercurial performances and fancy a whole album of similar stuff then look no further than this latest Arbouretum release, a quietly joyous mix of hazy vintage rock, reflective concepts and meditative repetition clothed in unobtrusive keyboard whorls, lazily ecstatic guitar solos and the rich, golden voice of David Heumann. The results are shufflingly majestic, loaded with blissful truths and, it must be said, startlingly close to perfect.

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