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Minor Victories – Minor Victories

The fact that three of the four members are in other active bands (Editors, Mogwai, Slowdive) hasn’t hindered Minor Victories one bit in the development of their self-titled debut album; on the contrary, they’ve managed to put together a record that would make even the most cynical listener re-evaluate the tired old term ‘super group’.

Listening to the 10 tracks, you wouldn’t know that not all members had met in person at the time of recording. The bulk of the writing process took place through online exchanges, but the seamless feel to the album would lead you to believe that all members were in the studio together sharing input and contributing to the engaging sound which falls somewhere better 80s post-rock/punk, but with a darker modern edge.

‘Give Up The Ghost’ opens proceedings, setting a cinematic atmosphere that remains throughout, whilst the chosen featured artists only add to the record’s triumph, with collabs from The Twilight Sad’s James Graham, and Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon fame.

Standout track ‘Out To Sea’ is four minutes of beautifully crafted noise, and along with fellow highlight ‘Folk Arp’ wouldn’t be at all out of place on any summer playlist.

Overall, this debut has managed to perfectly balance dark and punchy riffs, with laidback light and anthemic tracks, creating an album that brings together rock sounds spanning across three decades.

JS 8/10

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