Review of Ballads Of The Research Department [12k1068]

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Dreamworld post-rock direct from Leeds. The Boats blissed-out songs come from good stock – one member, Craig Tattersall, is ex-Hood and Remote Viewer, both Tattersall and colleague Andrew Hargreaves run small-scale labels that document the music of their friends and peers. But their first album for 12k is the most visible flag above the turret yet. These four “ballads” move slowly, picking up on the hermetic visions of post-rock acts like Bark Psychosis or late-period Talk Talk, fed through post-glitch sensibility. Which means it’s beautiful stuff, gently and generously reeled out from electronics, piano, Duritti Column guitars, strings and guest vocals which stop just short of providing focus.

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