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Folk/Americana - Released January 15, 2020 | Yaya Tova

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 9, 2018 | Yaya Tova

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 2, 2018 | Yaya Tova

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Pop/Rock - Released June 15, 2008 | Track & Field

French-Swedish anti-folk trio Herman Düne recorded 2003's Mas Cambios, their third album, in New York in the company of local scene heavyweights like Jack Lewis (brother and collaborator of Jeffrey Lewis), Turner Cody, and Diane Cluck. However, by this point in their career, the Herman Dune brothers (André and David) are sufficiently settled in their chosen musical style that Mas Cambios doesn't sound like they're trying to ape the Moldy Peaches or anything like that. Indeed, Mas Cambios is Herman Düne's most fully realized and tuneful album to this point, expanding their instrumental palette beyond the two guitars and minimal drums of their early days to include a touch of organ, bongos, and other subtle embellishments. Similarly, the brothers' melodies are more substantial and memorable this time out, with the lyric-driven half-spoken vignettes like "You Stepped on Sticky Fingers" largely supplanted by fleshed-out pop songs like the charming opener "With a Fistful of Faith" and the mournful steel guitar ballad "Winners Lose." ~ Stewart Mason
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 17, 2018 | Yaya Tova

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 12, 2001 | Shrimper

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Miscellaneous - Released January 21, 2013 | Strange Moosic

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 9, 2006 | Shrimper

While the comparisons to Belle & Sebastian must no doubt be endless, these French popsters obviously don't let that stop them from continuing to develop songs that waver between fun and depressingly sad, upbeat and melancholy, and all along seem to be influenced by drug use and a European pop sense. The more upbeat tunes seem to be somewhat silly, whether it's the lead singer going on about driving around the different New York expressways, or about what life would be like if we were all monkeys. The slower songs are the real gems. Their Swedish pop influence shows off here, as the hopelessness on songs like "Metal Mash" really shows through any other kind of message the band might be trying to get across. Occasionally, there are some real stinkers on here, songs that just don't fit with the mood the band is trying to get across on the rest of the album, but when Herman Dune plays a good pop song, one definitely takes notice. Unfortunately, on this album, it's just too hit or miss. ~ Kurt Morris
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Pop/Rock - Released June 15, 2008 | Track & Field

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Pop - Released January 12, 2012 | Strange Moosic

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Folk/Americana - Released | Yaya Tova

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