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Boomkat Product Review:
If there had to be one trait offered up to the world as the best representation of the British mind-set it wouldn't involve iPods, getting ripped off at the forecourt or tribal football posturing; oh no, it'd be the keeping of allotments. Released on the parcohially titled Pickled Egg Records, 'Allotments' is the new album from London quartet Farina (aka Mark Brend, Cliff Glanfield, Matt Gale and Tim Conway) - and sees the band shifting to an evolutionary branch that celebrates the inherent British heritage of their sound (Andrew Loog Oldham etc.) whilst delivering a firm edict on the power of eugolistic indie. Opening with the frenetic 'Island Of Hotels', Farina spray everything into the mix; hoisting a rack of horns, strings and assorted instrumentation atop the kind of free-wheeling composition that manages to be at once both mournful and ice-blast exhilerating. Exhibiting a keen understanding of their induvidual strengths and styles (honed over a whopping 25 year career), tracks like 'Don't Look Now' and 'Nothing Seems To Last' alternate between Bryds-influenced slow-mo and militaristic solipsism respectively, framing the interplay between the male/female vocals to perfection. Dig this!