Longfellow are thoroughly sensitive souls, often described as epic purveyors of melodically charged alt.pop. Their mini album 'Prelude' is a collection of the singles that have garnered them much attention (they were invited by the BBC introducing team to attend SXSW). They browsed our racks and selected a few things that have inspired what they do.

Goldfrapp – Tales of Us
A record with a hypnotic sense of intimacy, it’s a meditative journey from start to finish.

Regina Spektor – What we saw from the cheap seats
I’ve been a fan of Regina for years now and I’m always surprised by her innovativeness. She’s uniquely insightful and this album stands as a testament to that– Quirky beyond belief and melodically delicious.

Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Sung with rare fragility and honesty, a truly beguiling album and one I couldn’t live without.

Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verses
A band I’ve always admired for speaking their minds Frightened Rabbit are true to form in Pedestrian Verses opening with the words “I am the dickhead in the kitchen giving wine to your best girl’s glass.’ Though characteristically lyrical it’s a far cry away from their earlier folk influences and in my opinion it's all the more enticing for that.

Agnes Obel – Aventine
Beautifully melancholic and exquisitely arranged, to me Agnes’s second album is almost otherworldly. Get lost amidst a sea of pizzicato strings, haunting piano and eerie harmonies.

Patrick Watson – Adventures in your own backyard
I’ve always thought Patrick has a bit of Jeff Buckley about him and this is something all the more prominent in this release. ‘Lighthouse’ is unquestionably euphoric, the perfect opener to this mountain of an album.

Cat Power – You Are Free
There’s an unusual rawness to these songs that is perfectly complemented by the starkness of production – An enchantingly sinister work.

The Tallest man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
Since first hearing Kristian Matsson’s voice I’ve been hooked, it’s as if his unconventional warbling allows his songs to be refreshingly simple and this is a delightful combination indeed.

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