I like folk music. I’m also beginning to like the whole woozy, dream-pop thing that seems to have taken America by storm recently. It seems that Futurebirds also like these two ideas but, unlike me, have some tangible musical talent and thought they’d combine them. What they present, ‘Johnny Utah’, is more or less what you’d expect – banjos and pedal steel form the backbone of the music, but the atmosphere is reverb-soaked and approaching psychedelic at points. It’s as relaxing as Beach House, as engagingly traditional as Fleet Foxes and the brash, feedback-heavy outro suggests that their new album Hampton’s Lullaby could contain some much louder material too. I look forward to finding out.

Futurebirds – Johnny Utah (YSI)

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