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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Scottish indie pop band was produced by Edwyn Collins.
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  1. Dec 6, 2017
    80
    Permo is a fine work by a band finding its feet; a rousing rumble through the wilds of Scottish pop; and the kind of record lovers of knotty guitars, deadpan (but deep) emotions, and undersold (but undeniably lasting) melodies should recognize and embrace like an old friend in new clothing.
  2. Uncut
    Nov 9, 2017
    80
    Permo's strength is the variety of voices provided by rotating singers Rachel Taylor, Sean Armstrong and Jack Mellin, which in turn encourages and emphasises the band's range. [Dec 2017, p.33]
  3. Nov 9, 2017
    80
    The quintet may wear their influences on their sleeve, and pretty broadly at times, but there is such a fascinating range of them for such a young band that Permo can only be seen as a success, both as a record but also within a long line of great Glasgow bands.
  4. Nov 10, 2017
    80
    The record is a first full effort bustling with ideas, characterised by the dual voices of Sean Armstrong and Jack Mellin. Sean’s voice is a tender, swaying one, while Jack packs more punch, and brings urgent stabs of guitar.
  5. 70
    The LP is fourteen songs long, but never feels laboured. This is probably because in true indie pop tradition, most of the songs are under three minutes. With their jangling, sometimes-spiky guitar sounds and indie pop hooks; they wouldn’t sound out of place on the iconic C86 mix tape.
  6. Mojo
    Nov 9, 2017
    60
    Charmingly wobbly Edwyn Collins-produced debut. [Dec 2017, p.96]
  7. Q Magazine
    Nov 22, 2017
    60
    With Permo, they display a self-starting urgency that keeps them up to speed with the turbulent here and now. [Jan 2018, p.114]

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