Clearly, Irish-born, LA-based Jack Colleran has chosen to double the m’s in his name for ease of search engine optimisation. But the additional consonant adds a welcome flutter to the wingbeats of his moniker, one taken up by the oscillating opening passages of his debut album, a track called You. Written and recorded entirely at night, this could just be another one of those desolate electronic records in which disembodied vocal atmospheres meet glitchy beats (all of which Mmoths does, sometimes both at once, as on 1709). But tracks such as Deu invoke a little Boards of Canada and Colleran likes to call Dubliner Kevin Shields an influence, making for a beatific album that’s more satisfying than just modish background texture.
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Kitty Empire is the Observer's pop critic. She has written for NME and occasionally crops up on Radio 4, 5Live, BBC 6Music, and has appeared on BBC2's The Culture Show and Newsnight Review. @kittyempire666