Rough Trade Shops - Singer Songwriter 01 - Mute

Staff at London s Rough Trade shops have a deserved reputation for being fastidious and ravenous music fans. So much so, the shop has cultivated its brand into a series of compilations. This is a guide to the great unknowns and obscurities, mixed in with

Staff at London's Rough Trade shops have a deserved reputation for being fastidious and ravenous music fans.

So much so, the shop has cultivated its brand into a series of compilations.

This is a guide to the great unknowns and obscurities, mixed in with rarities and treasures from better-known artists.

A great tape hiss-infused Franklin Bruno track, and autumnal acoustic classic by Adrian Crowley, rub shoulders with an ultra-rare PJ Harvey demo and other cuts from Cave, Costello and Bright Eyes.

Meanwhile, the liner notes take you through 38 tracks like a friend - knowledgeable and enthusiastic without coming across all superior.

An essential, ear-opening purchase for any music fan.

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