Guillemots:Through The Windowpane

PUBLISHED: 10:53 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:34 06 May 2010

Fyfe Dangerfield is the creative force that has propelled Guillemots eccentrically-constructed indie-pop debut onto the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize. Apart from having a great name, Fyfe also reveals a talent for heartfelt lyrics and sweeping, d

Fyfe Dangerfield is the creative force that has propelled Guillemots' eccentrically-constructed indie-pop debut onto the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize.

Apart from having a great name, Fyfe also reveals a talent for heartfelt lyrics and sweeping, dreamy indie-pop landscapes.

Extensively pored over and fiddled with (one song even including a sampled dripping tap), that the 12 tracks here remain surprisingly cogent is testament to their robust melodic structures.

Made-up Lovesong #43 is a case in point, but the album is full of pop gems under a scattershot sheen of instruments and samples, brass toots and rhythmic shuffles. Beautiful and sometimes beguiling, Guillemots are unashamedly, engagingly individual. 4/5

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