Scotland’s Northern Alliance like to make their records slowly, with all the rigour befitting a band with two near-death experiences to their credit and a Nuclear Physicist among their ranks. Oh, and Kurt Cobain once asked one of them for a shot of Benylin. It would have been more appropriate had they been asked by Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous, Will Oldham or Hope Sandoval, for these are the circles they should be moving in. ‘Hope In Little Things’ also moves in circles; gentle, eddying currents that lazily push the songs around, going nowhere in particular but possessing a mesmerising fascination. In lesser hands this would be labelled as ‘mere’ slow-country (albeit with a mordant, Caledonian twist) but there’s nothing ‘mere’ about this.