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Fulborn Teversham Count Herbert II (Pickled Egg) The ever inventive sticksmith behind Polar Bear and Acoustic Ladyland Seb Rochford tries on some new musical undergarments, while his punk junk jazz gets strewn with earthy, eccentric electronics. It all fits a treat and the results are truly memorable results.

Kaiser Chiefs Yours Truly, Angry Mob (Polydor) Expanding somewhat on their bouncing, riotous post-Parklife stomp, this second album retains the infectious energy of their past buffonery without trying to be so self-consciously different.

Angus and Julia Stone Heart Full of Wire (Indipendiente) More gentle folk with spectral tunes; this time it’s a brother and sister duo from Australia bewitching with their weary, acoustic magic.

Various Women of The World (Putumayo) Celebrating international Women’s Day with an exploration of contemporary acoustic songs by some of the world’s leading female artists from Iceland to Cameroon via Croatia and beyond.

Richard James The Seven Sleepers Den (My Kung Fu) No, not the ginger techno bod but the one-time guitar man with Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci who strides out on his own with an affecting collection of pastoral folk songs.

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