Isares served as a bridge between the two genre-defining albums on Morr Music in the beginning of the new millennium and what was to come in the following years. The four track mini LP points in different directions simultaneously: both towards the ambient works that would soon take up such a prominent place in the Manual discography, as well as towards the epic, 1980s-influenced Azure Vista, released in 2005.
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