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H is for handball, which has to be intentional

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I first became aware of Nat Johnson and the Figureheads last year, mistakenly including a track from the Sheffield-based quintet’s 2010 release, What the Heart Pours Into, among the candidates for my top tune of 2011.

Spared the embarrassment of selecting it ahead of the eventual winner, I can safely include the band’s most recent offering among my favourite records of this year.

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Freak out, freak out, freak out!

Tapes ’n Tapes hail from Minneapolis, have been compared to Arcade Fire and in 2011 released a decent LP called Outside.

And Outside features this track, a first of two more nominations for my 2011 song-from-each-year-of-my-life.

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