Ambrosia Parsley coming across like Ceiys Mathews fronting a Pet Soonds-era Beach 80 /s. Then there's 'Al! Because You Told Me So'. which sounds like lounge music made on acid. but come the uber-poppy 'Reseda CaSino'. Parsley seems to have Suddenly mutated into Natalie lmhruglia. A mixed hag for euro. then. but still well iii/orth a listen. iDavrd Pollocki





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The centrepiece of this disc is Louis Andriessen \.von(‘lerful. fast-ineving 'Facing Death'. inspired by his love for Charlie Parker. but Graham Fitkin's relentlessly energised ‘Stuh' and Joe Duddell's more (llVCFSO ‘Circle Square" are equally compelling. Shorter pieces by Jayier Alvarez and Chris Fox complete an exciting collection. iKc-nny Mathiesoni

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careers which may have lasted l8‘.‘."0i‘ years and garnered less discs than can be COunted On one hand. Not the case wrth Heller. the Los Angeles- based singer-songwriter- arraiiger-guitarist who has been pressing discs rotten narith his own cashl Since the mid-90$.

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