Turin Brakes Ether Song (Source) Folk music isn't just about knitted sweaters and goblins, you know. Names such as Nick Drake and Gram Parsons are at the top of influence lists again, their acoustic, forest floor sentiments making even more sense in an increasingly digitalised world. At the forefront of the British scene are the ultra-hip duo Turin Brakes, whose previous effort, The Optimist, cast them as a Simon and Garfunkel for the comedown generation. Theirs is a deceptively simple alchemy: Gale Paridjanian's guitar conjures an autumnal warmth while Olly Knights' vocals add an occasional sense of near-manic urgency. Ether Song adds a rock'n'roll dynamic to the mix. Sounding like Thom Yorke and Freddie Mercury sharing a helium balloon, Knights' voice is never to be found in the same mood once. Long Distance lurches from self-pity to regret, all delivered with a resolute sense of defiance, while Pain Killer is destined to be one of the summer's top strum-alongs. Hook-laden and memorable, the music nevertheless veers into nagging territory, especially when Knights morphs into one of Willy Wonka's oompa-loompas on Panic Attack. However, moments of beauty such as the Air-esque Full Of Stars more than compensate.