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a different time, delivering an outdated mood that feels more like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
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