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Penny Century

Are they trying to break our hearts? If this record were a season it would be autumn (Fall for North American readers), the most beautiful time of year, and yet serving as a reminder that everything changes, and nothing stays the same. ‘When The City Is Waking Up’ moves you at a hundred paces – and that’s before the vocals kick in. Hailing from Ostertsund, Sweden, Penny Century deserve to appear on year-end ‘best of’ lists. This ten track album doesn’t put a foot wrong. ‘Nothing Burns Like Bridges’ is the first, download only single, but tracks like ‘Too Bitter To Be Charming’ the aforementioned ‘When the City…’ and closer ‘Streetlights, Snowflakes and You’ which takes you completely by surprise a minute or so in, should be heard by anyone who loves Camera Obscura, Belle and Sebastian, and Aberfeldy. Music lovers of the world, unite and, tell the world about Penny Century.

By Ed Jupp

Edinburgh based, addicted to noise and destroying the bourgeois aesthetic.

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