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Left by Soft by David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights
Released: Apr 2011
Label: Merge Records
The seventh solo album from the longtime key figure on the New Zealand rock landscape, Left By Soft, as may be expected, is a flawlessly constructed collection of songs that echo the past even as they are steeped in utter distinction. Kicking things off with a Byrds-meets-Sebadoh instrumental title cut, Kilgour, backed by his third post-Clean set of musicians, effortlessly blends country, indie rock and drums that always sound amazing into 11 songs that are just slightly sad and have that New Zealand pop "sound." Basically, you want headphones.
Mike McGuirk

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