Friday, April 06, 2012

Tender Trap - Love Is Hard Enough

25 years of Amelia Fletcher now - lesser milestones have been subject to major national retrospectives - and still she thrives in the world of breezily semi-troubled daydream indiepop. The first taste (but not first single, going on her comments at our Leicester Indiepop Alldayer the Saturday before last, though that's a stormer too) of Tender Trap's fourth album, the band now featuring Emily Bennett of Betty & The Werewolves where Elizabeth Morris used to be, has the easy descending melody charm of the early days of the genre and the vocal call-and-response girl group influence that's been a hallmark right through Talulah Gosh and so forth. There's even a children's choir at the end that isn't cloying at all.

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