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Tortoise Shout
Tortoise Shout EP
(self-released)
www.tortoiseshout.co.uk


The self-titled EP from the UK-based acoustic-pop duo Tortoise Shout has only two songs to choose from and both leave much to be desired from this group. Fronted by singer/guitarist Dawn Lintern and singer/bassist Wendy Solomon, and accompanied by drummer Simon Berkett, Tortoise Shout present lukewarm melodies with reflections of '70s soft-pop artists like Helen Reddy and Melissa Manchester with a glint of modern folk like Neko Case.

The music is somewhat drab and frumpy though it's encased in melodic attire with well-oiled harmonies and bell-sleeved acoustics. The group's two songs, "11.17" and "30th June" have a retro-pop feel with a lounge-club ambience and sparsely layered instrumentation adorned in tenderly twined chimes. It's music that seems spawned from a different time, delivering an outdated mood that feels more like a golden-oldies record than an album that would appeal to a contemporary audience.

-Susan Frances

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