Category Archives: Hope in Little Things

Liability Webzine, November 2003

Même si Hope in little things constitue seulement leur premier album, tous les membres de Northern Alliance sont déjà trentenaires. Et cela s’entend. Les chansons possèdent en effet toutes pour dénominateur commun un certain son vintage, rouillé serait-on tenté de … Continue reading

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Paul Whitelaw, Metro, 21.10.03 [3/5]

Edinburgh is home to many things – parliament, tramps, posh idiots, me – but smoggy country-tinged psychedelia ain’t one of ‘em. Or so I thought ’til I fell into Northern Alliance, who sound like Mazzy Star doing Mojave 3 doing … Continue reading

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Nick Miles, Baby Tiger

Hollow, scratchy vocals, purring organs and that grating, inorganic harpsichord sound that comes out of an acoustic guitar with a cheap pickup; this is a home made record aspiring to lo-fi chic. And I think its got it.The lyrics are … Continue reading

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Ian Fletcher, Comes With a Smile #13 – Autumn 2003

Like the Delgados reared on a diet of Codeine, Northern Alliance are a slow, sad, sleepy trio from Scotland. Their first tiny mark on the world is ‘Hope In Little Things’, a seven-song mini-album that comes close to being something … Continue reading

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Andy Penfold, Q, October 2003 [3/5]

Scottish trio formerly known as – doh! The Taliban. Having wisely ditched the name The Taliban early on, Northern Alliance’s debut is a sleepy foray into muted atmospherics. Formed at a hogmanay party to celebrate the dawn of 2002, the … Continue reading

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Graeme Virtue, Sunday Herald, 21.09.03 [3/5]

Although it clocks in at just under half an hour, the debut album from Scottish trio Northern Alliance never sounds rushed. A wistful, laidback, countrified record, it unspools tales of earthquakes and entropy at a pace short of strolling. But … Continue reading

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Colin Somerville, Scotland on Sunday, 21.09.03

This provides pretty much what it says on the cover, with the Scottish three-piece of modest renown offering much to be optimistic about on this promising debut. Certainly, it’s a tad contradictory to follow the melodically boisterous opener ‘Buildings Of … Continue reading

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Trevor Baker, Rock Sound, September 2003

It’s one of those funny quirks of geography that so many Scottish bands seem to make slow, hazy dreamy music that owes its existence to more energetic Americana formed in much sunnier climes. Northern Alliance, for example, sound like a … Continue reading

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Camilla Pia, Kerrang, 20th September 2003 [KKKK]

Scottish trio unleash slow-burning, charts-baiting mini-album. There’s nothing like the sound of a band quite clearly giving the finger to the over produced mainstream, and Northern Alliance do it with an inebriated smile on their faces. The three-piece formed at … Continue reading

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