101467Play It Again Sam – June 3rd

It’s unfair, but impossible not to compare Minor Victories to the output of their respective other bands. With Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Justin Lockey from Editors and his brother James forming the quartet, the bar’s set pretty high before the first note. There are points where they hit it; ‘Give Up The Ghost’ builds an ethereal soundscape brilliantly, whilst ‘Higher Hopes’ and ‘Folk Arp’ make the hairs on your arms stand up in their beauty. The collaboration with Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek is suitably leftfield, but does underline that Goswell’s vocals work better when allowed to soar rather than speed. It’s probably less than the sum of its parts overall, but lower your expectations and Minor Victories is an interesting proposition nonetheless.

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