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Boomkat Product Review:
No strangers to the weird and wonderful, Glasgow's Night School surpass themselves with this slanted and enchanted debut vinyl by Charcoal Owls, aka poet Russell Walker (Pheromoans/Bomber Jackets) and musician Tom James Scott (Liberez). Melding baroque indie pop with pastoral electronics, field recordings and absurd lyrics, their 'Tin Roof' occupies some "other" space between BoC, Bach and Salad Fingers, taking a leisurely, groggy dérive between passages of tranquillised, twinkling keys, hazy organ melodies and crepuscular atmospheres united by Walker's drawling, poetic commentary. It's a rare sort of insight to provincial southern English worlds, with observations on wheelie bins, porridge and suburban insecurity juxtaposed against well-mannered but sly musical backdrops belying the duo's relative outsider perspective, along with the strange, spectral presence of Rose Keeler (Keel Her) in the almost ickily pretty 'Grace Period'. Unless they make and release another album in 2014, we reckon you won't hear another record quite like this all year.