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A Little Orchestra - Josefina EP Review


A Little Orchestra are a dectet who have their fingers in many pies, having performed with or collaborated with acts such as The Pipettes & The Loves amongst others, and the Josefina EP sees them call in a few favours, with vocal contributions from Rachel of Model Village, ex-Hefner front-man Darren Hayman, Ballboy vocalist Gordon McIntyre & Simon Love of the aforementioned The Loves. However, it is on the moments that the band look inwards that they really shine.

A Little Orchestra - Josefina EP Review

The Josefina EP is opened by its title track; a rolling, strolling indie-pop gem that is cinematic but in the way of flickering projections of home-made escapades and not wide-screen productions. The syncopation between ebbing strings and sighed female vocals is instantly reminiscent of Camera Obscura but here the atmosphere is more playful than bitter-sweet; there is the same air of longing but it breezes through landscapes that are much more serene.

The five-track EP's closer is its highlight; an instrumental ditty that in just under two minutes evokes the wizardry of the soundtrack work of Yann Tiersen and Ryuichi Sakamoto at their most light-hearted in a manner not too dissimilar to past partners-in-crime Haiku Salot, but despite this similarity it is here, possibly only here, where they truly stand alone.

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