Review: Tender Trap

Tender Trap
“Film Molecules”
(K Records)

In 2001 the English duo of Rob Pursey and vocalist Amelia Fletcher began quietly making beautiful pop gems with an 8-track machine. Both previously played in Marine Research and Heavenly. Their plan was to record these songs, but never play them out or flesh out a band. However, The Magnetic Fields invited the group to play in Dublin and they revised their plan. Maybe that series of events helped make this excellent album available domestically. Owing a lot to 80s power pop and benefiting much from Amelia’s patient and eloquent phrasing, “Film Molecules” is an excellent and memorable album.