'Flaws' is the stunningly beautiful, new acoustic album by Bombay Bicycle Club. 'Flaws' is characterised by a delicate, heart-swelling beauty and lightness of touch throughout. Those that had Bombay Bicycle Club pegged merely as an indie band may need to re-think. Intricate, finger-picked guitar lines and ethereal melodies pull at the heart strings on new songs such as 'My God', the startlingly pretty 'Leaving Blues' and title track 'Flaws' (a duet with Lucy Rose). On other tracks - 'Rinse Me Down' and 'Many Ways' - skittering drum rhythms and distant banjo lines drift in, but in the main, it's a naked intimacy that makes these songs dazzle. the album's final track, 'Swansea', is perhaps the most exciting in terms of where Bombay Bicycle Club will take their sound next. All the music for 'Swansea' was written by Jack, but uses some of the lyrics from a Joanna Newsom track of the same name. A simple folk ballad that opens with plaintive guitar and vocals, swells and morphs into something altogether different, as a synth counter melody slowly floats into reverb-rich vocals and echo chamber drum rhythms.
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