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Thursday, Jul 25 2013 | 09:30
Image: 1581691 Stratus are Mat Anthony and Martin Jenkins, two English gents whose love for warped soundtracks, fuzzed-out psychedelia and analogue aesthetics was distilled in the bittersweet harmonies and wistful bliss of last year's long-awaited second album 'As the Crow Flies', taking in everything from sublime pastoral electronics through to string-laden cosmic rock.

No Johnny-come-lately's to tinkering in the studio down the years they've remixed the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, Minimal Compact and Calexico, released records under a variety of aliases for labels including Pussyfoot, Klein, Tigersushi, Hi-Phen, Ghost Box and Fragments whilst notching up the a fair few DJ gigs and lost weekends along the way.

The Spring Tide EP finds them dipping their toes in distinctly Balearic waters. 'Fireflies' kicks things off with a mid-tempo cut of driving guitar harmonics, lush Rhodes and sun-kissed strings. 'My Brother's Keeper' channels Cadet-era Dorothy Ashby with a looping harp refrain and low-slung bass and drums. 'Lune d'Afrique' ups the tempo with swinging Afro drums, mbira and swirling arpeggios before a choral refrain takes it up and beyond. 'Sympatry' was originally written for a timelapse film - lilting acoustic guitar, glockenspiel and Mini-moog lines drenched in reverb that shimmer with a homespun beauty.

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B2. SYMPATRY Available from 05.07.2013
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