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Boomkat Product Review:
After a number of promising build-up singles Dev Hynes, former guitarist of the disbanded Test Icicles has delivered an impressively mature debut album as a solo singer-songwriter. Despite his fashionable Dalston-dwelling ways, Hynes is country through and through, seeking out Saddle Creek mixing board whiz Mike Mogis to engineer and produce the album. Far more ambitious than your standard solo debut album, Falling Off The Lavender Bridge (that sounds like a wartime euphemism for something mucky, doesn't it?) features a woodwind ensemble, a string section and guest vocalists including Emmy The Great. In interview you might get the impression that Hynes is a scenester first and a songwriter second, rubbing shoulders with a host of hip indie types, and frankly, there's some evidence of that on the album: much of the record's success is down to the additional musicians and the formidable back-up he's got behind him. It's hard not to be bewitched by the gorgeous pedal steel intro 'Number One' and the orchestral finery of 'Devil Tricks For A Bitch', and when Hynes sings 'I Could Have Done This By Myself', you get the feeling that actually, he probably couldn't. Irrespective of all that, Falling Off The Lavender Bridge still sounds beautiful, and tracks like 'Galaxy Of The Lost' hint at a writing talent worth watching.