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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:00

Sky Larkin

by Ian Sinclair

(Wichita Recordings)

With lead singer Katie Harkin recently joining the Wild Beasts for a tour and Johnny Marr's son Nile on guitar, Sky Larkin most certainly have impressive indie credentials.

Luckily this has all been captured in the studio.

The Yorkshire guitar pop band's third album is an exuberant and delightfully youthful affair.

The opening title track is a driving tower of a song full of tight and full-sized guitar riffs.

Unavoidably, they bring to mind both the early Bloc Party and the brash dynamism of The Cribs.

Elsewhere the lush Newsworthy includes some particularly infectious lyrical phrasing.

And the hook-laden single Loom, a song supposedly about presence after loss, is without the shadow of a doubt one hell of a tune.

With the vibrant songs rushing out of the speakers and the uncertainty and excitement of youth almost jumping off the record, those nostalgic for their younger Brit Pop days will find much to enjoy here.

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