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Making Marks - A Thousand Half-Truths

by SeanCollison
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on 27 January 2014 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Fika
Rating 7/10

With temperatures in Oslo currently hitting -5, there’s not much summer cheer to be had in Scandinavia at the moment, but Norwegian four-piece Making Marks are looking to change all that. Their infectious, summery indie-pop has been making waves in their homeland and after receiving rave reviews from critics for their early releases, debut album A Thousand Half-Truths comes eagerly awaited. Opening track Bruises immediately sets the tone for the rest of the album, with its blissful, laid-back tone and jangly guitars. It’s the guitars which impress and come to the fore throughout the record, whether it’s the wonderful, driving riff in 'Lemon Sheets' or the Harrison-esque riffing on the title track. They’re skilfully supplemented by an array of instruments: strings, trumpets and banjos to name but a few. Although the album has a tendency to meander somewhat at certain points, these moments are rescued by some of the album’s strongest moments coming immediately afterwards, such as in the aforementioned Lemon Sheets or the cheery 'Forgive And Forget'. The consistently excellent male/female vocals on show make A Thousand Half-Truths less a smack in the face than a warming, gentle arm around the shoulder. Perfect for these cold winter nights.

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