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Scottish multi-instrumentalist Colin MacIntyre is the sole mastermind behind Mull Historical Society.

Scottish multi-instrumentalist Colin MacIntyre is the sole mastermind behind Mull Historical Society. On this, the Society's debut, '70s-hued pop seamlessly mingles with sincere, almost child-like lo-fi mannerisms. In other words, it's like a dream collaboration between Super Furry Animals and the White Stripes. The Who-inflected "Watching Xanadu"—which lovingly references Olivia Newton-John—is, musically, a carefree spirit. Listen closely to the words, though, and slowly but surely, a tear-soaked love story unravels. It's just the type of infectious track that warrants repeat plays. "This Is Not Who We Were" is another musically up/lyrically down gem, with MacIntyre's jangly guitar sharing the spotlight with a tale replete with societal and political implications. "Animal Cannabus" rocks along smartly—equally smart are its timely words that encourage individuality. Quite an impressive debut.—MP
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