• hand Little Heartaches (LP, £12.50)

    label: Golden Pavilion

    Long revered by acid-folk advocates for the beatific, melodious introversion of their 1972 album 'Everybody's Own', Hand at that point was a cadre of Swiss teenage friends, unified by the compositions of Marc Osborne and Tony Angier. The 40th-anniversary reissue of their album was so uniformly well received that four of the original members reunited for a celebratory snifter in Lausanne in 2012. Despite Angier's untimely death in 1996, Osborne was subsequently encouraged to assemble a fresh line-up of Hand, including original harmonica arch-image Nick Zoullas. The first fruit of this renaissance was 2014's 'The Other Side Of The World'. The fact that 'Little Heartaches' follows so closely testifies to Osborne's renewed creative fecundity, plus an eagerness to make up for decades of lost time.

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