Here’s a nice antidote for what will probably be an avalanche of scare tactics dressed as music over the next few weeks. Morton Valence, while undoubtedly British based, are made up of a multi-national cast. If anyone has heard Sunny Day Sets Fire you’ll know that this sort of makeup can leave one with a pumping aorta and Morton Valence are no exception. ‘The Kiss’ is as huggable as twee indie pop has a right to be, there are soft edged harmonies aplenty and a boy/girl vocal interaction that’ll keep you in romantic mood setting soundscapes for years to come. And it all comes wrapped in the sort of magical glockenspiel wanderings that 2006 has splendidly tended to throw up at every opportunity. KD
Morton Valence – The Kiss
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