The Accidental, 'There Were Wolves' (Thrill Jockey)

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'There Were Wolves'
Critical Mass
Label: Thrill Jockey

by Julia Simon

The debut from this London quartet, founded by laptop folkies Sam Genders (Tunng) and Stephen Cracknell (the Memory Band), lulls you along with its sparsely melodic tinkering and blippy slow burn. The muted "Knock Knock" exhales ethereal boy-girl chorales, and the strings-swept "Wolves" purrs with electro pitter-patters. Elsewhere, the group awaken from their dream state and turn earnestly twee, warmly exhorting: "To thine own self be true / There's nothing more to do" on the jangly acoustic closer, "Time and Space."

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