Album: My Little Cheap Dictaphone, The Tragic Tale of a Genius (Pias)

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It starts so well. For the first few minutes of their third album, My Little Cheap Dictaphone – a Belgian band led by Redboy – mine the same rich seam of vintage sounds as the Real Tuesday Weld and the Shortwave Set, creating a haunted junkshop feel.

Thereafter it all descends into vaguely Arcade Fire-like indie, which aims for Bunnymen-esque grandeur but is constantly undermined by the similarity between the singer's voice and that of the bloke from Del Amitri.