Album: Leisure Society, Into the Murky Water (Full Time Hobby)

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The Independent Culture

Strange they should mention "murky" because the music within is as clear as Perrier.

This is the second album from Nick Hemming's – a former musical associate of Paddy Considine and Shane Meadows – orchestral-pop ensemble whose Belle & Sebastian-esque pop (mostly) stays just the right side of twee. It's charming enough, but it's as well mannered as a picnic with Cath Kidston accoutrements. Is it wrong to long for the musical equivalent of a swarm of wasps?