Land of No Junction is Aoife Nessa Frances’ debut long-player, but it feels remarkably assured and fully formed—a fantastic opening statement from the Dublin-based singer-songwriter. Co-produced by the great Cian Nugent, the album’s softly psychedelic sound (fluttering mellotrons, dreamlike string arrangements, misty/mystical guitars) provides the perfect backdrop for Frances’ gorgeous melodies, quizzical lyrics and free-floating vocals. At times you might think of Broadcast, at others of Bridget St. John. But above all, Frances is an original; just let yourself sink into “Geranium,” which kicks the album off, and you’ll be hooked in seconds. words/ t wilcox
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