Proper Ornaments is the project of James Hoare *Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls( and Max Oscarnold *Toy, Pink Flames(. Debut LP ooden Head' perfected the unique slant of their previous work. On oxhole' they've sliced away a whole stratum of their sound, re/moving some distortion to allow more nuanced, piano/led ideas to emerge. While their partic/ularly recognisable production style *a bright, frozen counterpoint to the airless mixes one en/counters more often( remains. "We ended up doing the whole thing in my bedroom as the atmosphere suited the direction of the foxhole and we were more comfortable working on it in our own time," says James. That's why the record has a laid back, conversational, not imposing feel in my opinion". If lways There' was the most melodically fluid but dimly lit point of the first record, there are another half album of songs here at least that are as strikingly gorgeous and unset/tling. emories,' ust a Dream,' he Frozen Stare' and hen We Were Young' are in this mould, as is the icy, slightly devastat/ed goodbye that closes the record he Devils'. What was in evidence in two of their earliest songs / ou Still' and re You Going Blind_' - an understated, poetic play of moral sensitivity against a callous distance, of warmth and hostility, has reached its most sustained expression yet and gives their pop moments of a haunted love song quality along the lines of Del Shannon, Lesley Gore or Roy Orbison. ridge by a Tunnel' and 'I Know You Know', on the other hand, share in the breezily abstracted character of 2014 single agazine,'. remated' is also guitar/lead, and reaches an early apogee of morbid oblivion baiting, while 969' is a really perfectly recorded grand sweep of sound that recalls Serge Gainsbourg and arvest'/era Neil Young.