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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for Arthur Jeffes expands on the four songs he was commissioned to create by Greenpeace for a project about the Antarctic and its endangered penguin species.
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  1. Mojo
    Oct 4, 2019
    80
    Exudes confidence as it cleverly tweaks harmonic principles and discreetly unveils its dramatic arc. [Nov 2019, p.93]
  2. Oct 4, 2019
    80
    There’s still a distinct Penguin Cafe magic to Handfuls Of Night. The music here won’t come as a surprise to people familiar with their increasingly tightly managed aesthetic but it still provides a wonderfully calming sanctuary to temporarily get lost in.
  3. Oct 4, 2019
    80
    Conveying a sense of childlike wonder about the natural world, the album is full of life and immensely enjoyable.
  4. Oct 4, 2019
    70
    There's nothing especially innovative or unique about Handfuls of Night, but what it does, it does very well and should find great resonance with fans and filmmakers seeking some palpable sonic gravitas to help sell an emotional scene.
  5. Uncut
    Oct 21, 2019
    60
    Spending a little too long in the shallows of pastel-shaded easy-listening minimalism. That said, there are sublimely beautiful and lightly experimental touches here too. [Dec 2019, p.30]
  6. Q Magazine
    Oct 22, 2019
    60
    It resonates with the kind of high seriousness that never weighed on his father. Still, the younger Jeffes brings a winning feel for modern, post-ambient arrangements. [Dec 2019, p.113]
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