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Boomkat Product Review:
Lush, haunting bedroom pop out of South London, the work of 21-year-old Sam Howard. To grasp his preternatural maturity, you need only look at the influences he cites - Jan Jelinek, Nils Frahm and Thomas Koner, as well as Bon Iver and Efterklang. As these reference points imply, it's a really atmospheric album, with elements of Tri Angle's sepulchral R&B, This Mortal Coil's precious choral ambience, the awkward isolationism of Radiohead's Kid A, and Burial's sighing post-rave ennui; in terms of vocals and songwriting, Howard is sometimes rugged and world-weary, and at others seems to aspire to Thom Yorke's register, but thankfully without too much in the way of histrionics, and the vocal tracks are interspersed with instrumentals that arguably hit harder anyway. We'll be extraordinarily surprised if this guy isn't picked up by an XL or a 4AD for his next album; in a world where The xx and James Blake are popstars, this stuff is liable to blow up.