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Minor Victories

The amalgamation of SLOWDIVE/MOJAVE 3 singer Rachel Goswell, MOGWAI guitarist Stuart Braithwaite, EDITORS guitarist Justin Lockey and the latter’s bass-playing film-maker brother James (of the obscure Hand Held Cine Club), MINOR VICTORIES came about when the alt/indie supergroup revealed their intentions to record together via social media in July 2015.
Produced by Tony Doogan, and intended for release early 2016, other commitments took precedence while a download of `A Hundred Ropes’ appeased some anticipation. Finally, the eponymous MINOR VICTORIES {*6} was unloaded to the public in June (by Play It Again Sam Records in Britain, and Fat Possum in the States), although reviews remained decidedly tepid. There was no doubting the ethereal vocal range of the graceful but gloomy Goswell, but the sonic effect of Braithwaite (bar `Folk Arp’) was almost posted missing. The highlights were surely the intervention of Messrs James Graham (of The TWILIGHT SAD) and MARK KOZELEK on respective diversions, `Scattered Ashes (Song For Richard)’ and `For You Always’. What sounded good on paper didn’t quite carry on to the field of play and, with the England football team stalling before the quarter-final stages at the Euros to minnows Iceland, maybe “Minor Victories” would’ve been better served with BJORK as a reserve – not that it concerned Glaswegian Braithwaite, whose nation didn’t even qualify. Er… incidentally.
© MC Strong/MCS Jul2016

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