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SECOND Slow Club album Paradise will be out on September 12, before which the Sheffield duo release Two Cousins as the lead single.

It sees Rebecca Taylor imagine life as simply a journey which ends in our return to childhood and hints at the more expansive sound and larger themes of the new album, produced by Luke Smith, once of electro band Clor and producer of Foal’s Mercury-nominated Total Life Forever.

Early suggestions are of “a far cry” from the rattling pop of their debut. “Paradise is typical of a band whose members divide their obsessions between Destiny’s Child and Noise-pop.”

Slow Club’s currency remains songwriting that finds romance in the unlikeliest of corners, but Paradise is said to apply a lighter, more honed lyrical touch to their story-telling.

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A trip back to Turin’s big break

SOME say you can never be as good as your first album.

Of course it’s a myth, but Turin Brakes’ debut album The Optimist was definitely the sound of creative lightning harnessed.

So it is a joy to confirm Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian will perform the Mercury-nominated, platinum-selling debut album on an autumn tour that finishes at The Leadmill on November 24.

Ten years on, those shimmering guitars and harmonies still sound fresh on the likes of Underdog (Save Me) and Emergency 72.

“We have never duplicated the sound of that first record,” says Gale. “We’ve since made records just as good, but that one captured some sort of zeitgeist. On the surface it was melancholy, but underneath it was hopeful. That’s why we called it The Optimist.”

Subways come up for air at last

WITH their third album due, Welwyn Garden City trio The Subways make an overdue return to Sheffield.

Billy Lunn, Charlotte Cooper and Josh Morgan become one of the few bands this year to play University venue The Foundry, on September 28 as they tour Money And Celebrity.

It is eight years since they won a competition for a Glastonbury slot, consequently proving festival favourites with the contents of debut album Young For Eternity and accompanying energetic live shows. The sequel, All Or Nothing, followed in 2008.

The Subways released new song It’s A Party last Thursday via their website without warning as a taster for an album inspired by celebrity culture and the financial crisis.