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The Olympic Symphonium 

The City Won’t Have Time to Fight (Forward Music)

When we spend our days surrounded by immediate sensations, sometimes you have to fight for the slower glories. The Olympic Symphonium don’t make immediate folk music: their jangly arpeggios, wistful harmonies and brooding strings make a quick impression, sure, but it’s an impression of mood more than anything, and it’s on repeated listens that The City Won’t Have Time to Fight ultimately finds its sad-but-sweet footing. There’s enough space in the band’s sound for each of its three songwriters to find their own quiet moments, and even if individual songs leave less of an impression than the whole, the album’s warm, familiar feel resonates.

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