If we were to draw up a list of favourite labels this year Australia’s Hidden Shoal would figure high in our affection, time after time they have maintained an impeccable release rate giving much need exposure to some of that country’s finest exponents of dream / shoe gaze / ambient pop. As the year rounds off a chance to celebrate two recent releases from this adorable imprint. First up the Kramies – featured here a few missives back, ’sea otter cottage’ is another track culled from their ’the wooden heart’ EP and features a guest appearance by Grandaddy man Jason Lytle, in short if this doesn’t get you reaching for something to dab away the trickling tears then frankly your steeled in remote emotionless stuff. A towering bitter sweet symphony moored in heartbreak, fear and resignation, all at once tugging upon the heart strings and steeped in a desperately fading grandeur whose hope withers with forlorn regret, the delivery as touching as it is transfixing is poised and majestic touching base in terms of sentiment with Julian Lennon‘s ‘saltwater‘, simply perfect.

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