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Fortuna POP!

Airport Girl 'Slow Light'

£4.99

Fortuna POP!

Airport Girl 'Slow Light'

£4.99

Some five years after their debut album “Honey, I’m An Artist” had the indie kids swooning in jangle-pop ecstasy, Airport Girl return with a radically altered sound, a glistening downbeat country-pop hybrid that is sure to win them at least as many new admirers as it will alienate existing fans. A brave move then, but one that’s more than justified by the rich seam of quality songwriting mined here and the luxuriant arrangements that set off singer-songwriter Rob Price’s sonorous, throaty vocals.

Here is a band finding a new level of maturity, growing and changing, the music reflecting the uncertainties and troubles of adult life.From the world-weary plea of the piano-led “Hold Me Through The Night” to the heartbreaking country sigh of “I’ve Seen Mexico” a sense of regret pervades the album, none more so than on the desperate, hurt-racked “How Long Can This Go On?”. More upbeat are the jazz-tinged “Don’t Let Me Down Again” and “The Weather Song”, its “Sketches Of Spain” intro belying its true nostalgic nature, while “Show Me The Way”, as pure a declaration of love as one could wish for, could have come straight from the Go-Betweens’ masterpiece “16 Lovers Lane”.

Throughout there is judicious use of violin, cello, trumpet, harmonica and melodica to subtly create moods and textures within the songs, along with a willingness to experiment, as the intro to “Ode To The City” and the sea shanty of “Twice Around The Bay” bear out, that lifts the album far beyond standard indie fare.The kids at the club may be momentarily fazed by Airport Girl’s new direction, but ultimately any listener will be rewarded by an album of great musical and emotional depth.

Tracklisting:
1. There's A Crisis In Your Past 
2. Hold Me Through The Night 
3. Don't Let Me Down Again 
4. Ode To The City 
5. I've Seen Mexico 
6. The Weather Song 
7. Twice Around The Bay 
8. How Long Can This Go On? 
9. Show Me The Way 
10. Low Coin (Lullaby) 
11. Bullfighting