Review: You Tell Me by You Tell Me

You Tell Me by You Tell MeYou Tell Me is a collaboration that occurred by chance. After performing at a Kate Bush tribute gig, Sarah Hayes of the band Admiral Fallow was approached by Field Music’s Peter Brewis – and the result is a record that shows intriguing potential. It’s an interesting cross: while both have distinct styles, in this project they manage to find the common thread: slow-burn pop that mine both traditional folk styles and experimental movements, without one or the other really dominating. All right, it’s a bad attempt at trying to articulate this record. Admittedly You Tell Me’s eponymous debut feels a bit tentative, but then this isn’t music that’s supposed to blow your socks off. It’s a record that blooms on its own pace, with little things coming clearly into view the longer you immerse in it. It’s not baroque but it’s not folky either. But Sarah’s distinct voice pops through, giving a serenity that feels slightly edgy. Ultimately, it is what it is – and it can only go up from here. [NB]3/5

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