Jonas Munk's work as Manual has never sought to radically reinvent itself. Rather, he has spent the time since his debut ep in 2000 perfecting and refining the sound that is so distinctly his own - with each successive album meticulously exploring certain aspects of the Manual sound. There's an ongoing insistence that there's originality and beauty in his finely crafted productions, even in times when they seem terribly out of tune with the current trends. In Munk's view originality isn't so much a constant renewal of oneself but rather the creation of a unique and confident style that is continuously relevant.
So happy to see a new Auburn Lull album after all these years. It's short but vital, picking up seamlessly where Begin Civil Twilight left off but demonstrating evolution and originality. Every song adds something new to their canon. Of the many bands who count Slowdive as ancestors, Auburn Lull are probably the only one keeping the spirit of Pygmalion alive - and perhaps also latter period Talk Talk. Hope this marks the start of a fertile spell for the band! Simon Booth