The Low Miffs And Malcolm Ross: Malcolm Ross And The Low Miffs (4 stars)

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The Low Miffs And Malcolm Ross: Malcolm Ross And The Low Miffs

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Josef K/Orange Juice axe-man Malcolm Ross remains the most tasteful guitar hero to twang out of post-punk’s jangular alley. This collaboration with Glasgow’s most dashing young pretenders, then, is a perfect marriage of experience and influence. The Low Miffs write songs about girls called Cressida and Josephine, wrapped up in guitar patterns that recall, not just classic Postcard jitter-funk, but Felt’s Maurice Deebank and long-lost 4AD instrumentalists Dif Juz. While Leo Condie’s croons soar like the ghost of Billy Mackenzie, Ross is more laidback, but this is an equal partnership, suggesting that The Sound of Young – and slightly older – Scotland is in wonderfully safe hands.

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