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North Atlantic Oscillation - Callsigns EP

Adam F. Kennedy
Adam F. Kennedy 29 November 2009 at 14.00

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Callsigns’ is a solid introduction...

Taking a laptop to averagely imaginative indie-rock, this taster for Edinburgh-based trio North Atlantic Oscillation’s debut album decently amalgamates their influences. Kraftwerk-lite opener ‘Cell Count’ employs keyboard twinkles reminiscent of alt. country sad sacks Grandaddy. ‘Ceiling Poem’, meanwhile is sporadically a touch ballsier, between Radiohead-aping verses and echoes of Four Tet’s pre-solo success post-(Kraut)rock band Fridge. The pick, though, is ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, a sweet ditty worthy of latter-day Super Furry Animals, as remixed by Boards Of Canada. And though NAO rarely cover virgin ground – and turf more compellingly trodden at that – ‘Callsigns’ is a solid introduction.

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