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Circa Waves

SAD HAPPY

PROLIFICA/PIAS

Emerging in the wake of the noughties, Circa Waves survived in a period when no one knew what was going on with guitar bands. Zane Lowe made their second single his Hottest Record In The World and their debut album subsequently bulleted into the Top 10 in 2015. This, their fourth, is actually two albums, the first of which (Happy) came out in January. In the world of streaming, every release must have a ‘story’, so this becomes a two-part concept. The tracks on Happy are perfectly acceptable Legoassembled indie rock; while Sad is much stronger, featuring more more interesting lyrics and electronic arrangements, with singer Kieran Shudall’s vocal delivery more restrained and considered - much more of a tuneful Matt Healy rather than a helium Alex Turner. Final track Birthday Cake is a future iPhone torch-waving classic.

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Issue 37 of the new-look Long Live Vinyl comes complete with the official Record Store Day Guide – a free 40-page magazine bring you the lowdown on all 500+ Record Store Day releases and where to get them… There’s also a handy map to help you find your nearest of the 237 participating independent record shops and the chance to win £100 of Record Tokens to spend in the shop of your choice. Inside the regular mag, our cover feature takes an in-depth look back at the heady mid-90s Britpop boom and we round up 40 essential 90s classics to add to your collection. Our features section is bulging at the seams, including interviews with Tame Impala about new album The Slow Rush, Nada Reid, Cornershop, Jeffrey Lewis, Jonathan Wilson and Lanterns On The Lake. There’s also a look at the MTV Unplugged series on vinyl, a history of legendary New York Label Sire, a guide to buying Brazilian vinyl and our Classic Album is Radiohead’s 1995 monster The Bends. If that’s not all enough, Long Live Vinyl brings you the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue and hi-fi gear reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Order your copy now, get your highlighter pen out and let the countdown to Record Store Day commence!

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