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By Paul Gannaway

A mix of blip 'n' bleep rhythm-scapes, droned-out melodies and sensitive, off-kilter vocals; despite the emotional similarities with Pram and Stereolab, Ensemble have a pretty unique take on modern Indie music. The three-part vocal harmonies that drive most of these songs sometimes clash in perverse 'getting there' off-key moments, giving the music that all-important lo-fi feel. But there is a depth of songwriting here, at times, that gently negates some of the more quirky tendencies. Still, I wouldn't recommend this to any but the most ardent ex-Jangle fans (Sarah Records anyone?) or for twisted wierdness addicts seeking Sunday afternoon listening. There's plenty of potential in the more accessible moments though.
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