Back in 2000, when Aim's debut "Cold Water Music" dropped from the belly of the Grand Central mothership to rapturous arms and ears alike, few could have expected the Aim phenomenon to have been such an unstoppable force. Fast forward six years and Andy 'Aim' Turner is a man with his fingers tickling every conceivable switch. His second record, "Hinterland", achieved the kind of critical mass cult following that most seldom manage to attain, straddling the impossible void between creative independence and inescapability. To say that Aim has become ubiquitous in any self-respecting record collection would only be looking at the truth from one particular angle. The darling of his fledgling ATIC label, Niko, takes centre stage on "Flight 602", the microphone dipped in her caramel vocals on jazz kickback "Puget Sound", the eerily dramatic "Aberdeen" ('Niko can find melodies I'd never dream of. In certain sections of this track I tried to get her sounding really distant, like in The Blair Witch Project') and recent single "Northwest". There's so much to choose from here too: from the hectic, urban sprawl of "Birchwood" to closer "It's Later Than You Think" and its elements of folk and psyche perfectly in motion. To think that track came about 'one afternoon in about an hour, with two friends, an acoustic guitar and a bit of paper' is quite staggering.
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