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Calamateur – Each Dirty Letter

July 2, 2010 by  

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Calamateur – Each Dirty Letter

NAME: Calamateur
ALBUM: Each Dirty Letter
DATE: 2August2010

LABEL: Autoclave Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Twee, but a definate grower.

LOCATION: Inverness, Scotland

LINE UP: Andrew Howie, singer songwriter.

WHAT’S THE STORY?: ‘Each Dirty Letter’ is truly an album for sensitive souls; most of the tracks on here wouldn’t go amiss as incidental music on Dawson’s Creek or a particularly angsty moment in a teen movie.

Andrew Howie occasionally mixes in some electronica bleeps and harder guitars in with his light acoustic guitar. Also disguises his accent with a decidedly emotive, American lilt. Poor guy sounds like he could do with a hug. The lyrics are pretty personal and occasionally border on twee. Some, such as Death Cab for Cutie can pull this off, but ‘Each Dirty Letter’ is a more hit and miss affair. Some moments on the first half, such as ‘Banoffee’ and ‘Retreat’ are unnervingly sweet, and it is here Calamateur are successful. Unashamedly heartfelt, the continued melancholy sentiment can wear thin in parts however -‘A Bad Friend’ sounds clunky and out of place in what is otherwise a cohesive album and ‘Sad and Lonely World’ is so slow and repetitive I defy anyone to not skip tracks through sheer boredom.

Initially, ‘Each Dirty Letter’ is forgettable, standard singer-songwriter fare, but give it a few listens and it’ll worm its way into the hardest of hearts.

SOUNDS LIKE: Death Cab For Cutie’s more acoustic moments, Damien Rice

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: you enjoy staring whistfully out your local Starbucks’ window, mulling over the bittersweet tragedy of your existance.


Submitted By Nadia



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