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Ultimate Painting: Green Lanes

From The Skinny:
“You won’t need any prior knowledge of smart tunesmiths Jack Cooper (Mazes) and James Hoare (Veronica Falls) to recognise the blueprint for their collaboration Ultimate Painting – although, for the record, it’s essentially ‘white dudes with Rickenbackers and a perfect pop complex’. Happily, they’re smart enough to live up to the latter: there’s a pleasant scent of The Velvet Underground to Cooper’s contributions, as opener “Kodiak” replaces the lo-fi Krautpop of his primary outfit with ebullient twangs and spacious melodies. More meditative moments come courtesy of Hoare, whose gorgeous efforts “Sweet Chris” and “Paying The Price” evoke the gentle breeze of Gerard Love’s later work with Teenage Fanclub. There’s nothing new or challenging here, so it’s understandable if even the theory behind Green Lanes leaves you cold. A shame though, because Ultimate Painting’s second full-length radiates a very comforting warmth, either despite or because of its familiarity. Wistful jangling at its best.”
Green Lanes is out August 7 on Trouble In Mind; listen to “(I’ve Got The) Sanctioned Blues” below.

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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