• smallgang San (CD, £11.95)

    label: Damnably

    Smallgang are brothers Simon and Toshi Kobayashi and their friend Matt Atkins. They also provide the axis for a network of bands in which Simon, Toshi and Matt also play, including Slowgun, Crumbling Ghost, Splintered Man, Passerines and Russell and the Wolf Choir. 'San' is their second full length album. Guest appearances from friends Gill Sandell (Emily Baker and the Red Clay Halo), Jen Macro (Something Beginning With L, My Bloody Valentine), Ritsuko Taneda (Shonen Knife) and Jon Fine (Bitch Magnet) add subtle nuances and add a welcome dimension to the lead baritones of the brothers.

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