Longtime friends Danny Todd and James Smith make up exmagician, the Belfast duo having put out the EP Kiss That Wealth Goodbye at the back end of last year.
From it, we feature Place Your Bets, about which the band say "a hopeful lyric over a shuffling rhythm that gives way to a widescreen coda, all layered synths and a trumpet solo from recurring guest Linley Hamilton. You might hear The Fall or Super Furry Animals on the swinging fuzz-stomp of Wild Eyes; late-period Pavement at their most graceful on the airy, spacious centrepiece Smile To The Gallery; or the heavy-lidded grooves of The Beta Band on Plan Retrieval, one of two songs sung by James, along with the poised ballad Feet Don't Fail."
Kiss That Wealth Goodbye is out on Bella Union and available from everywhere you'd expect it to be. Follow @exmagician