Album: Grantura, In Dreams and Other Stories (Ruffa Lane Records)

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As if to prove that Lucky Soul's debut album was no fluke, the charmingly independent Ruffa Lane Records now invites us to put pop prejudice to one side and welcome a self-proclaimed Americana group from the wrong side of the Atlantic.

And guess what? This comes as close to the sound of the Californian cosmic cowboys as any group from "south-east London via the lowlands of Lincolnshire" has any right to get. There are echoes of the Byrds, the Dillards, the Clarks and the Burritos, but the best thing of all is that the whole thing manages to smell as much of real ale and cider as it does of whisky sours.

Pick of the Album: 'In Dreams' is the undisputed stand-out here