Albums of the week

6th May, 2018
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally of Beach House

Hedge Schools: Magnificent Birds (HedgeSchools Records)

This third album from Hedge Schools firmly establishes the feel and tone of this low-key, but deservedly highly regarded Irish band. The follow-up to 2015’s At the End of a Winding Day, Magnificent Birds is a lush, deeply felt and intimate affair, with Patrick Barrett’s vocals enveloping the listener like a warm cloud. There’s often a tinge of sadness in his slowly delivered baritone, and perhaps regret...

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