Northern Portrait

Ta!

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Danish indie pop group Northern Portrait have built up a fine catalog of releases for the Matinée label, beginning in 2008 with a pair of EPs (The Fallen Aristocracy and Napoleon Sweetheart), then the Criminal Art Lovers album in 2010 and the Pretty Decent Swimmers EP in 2013. They also appeared on nearly every compilation the label released over that time and established themselves as one of the label's most interesting and accomplished bands. The fine collection Ta! gathers up tracks from all three of their EPs, songs that first surfaced as compilation tracks, and a cover of Cliff Richard's "Some People" that was released as the B-side of 2010's "Life Returns to Normal" single. While fans of the band, and the label, who have collected everything Northern Portrait have done may find Ta! to be a little beside the point, anyone wanting an overview of their music will find it a useful entry point to their Smiths-inspired jangle pop sound.

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