Mantra Records – 2001 – 42 minutes

Admirably dedicated to ploughing their quite unique furrow of pastoral pop, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci's seventh album is a collection of delicate riches that only reveals its true value with repeated listening. 'How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart' is probably at its strongest if taken as a complete entity, although there are a few individual gems. 'Honeymoon With You', a lush, country-tinged string ballad, mines the rich vein of Teenage Fanclub territory (the Fannies' Norman Blake and Teflon Monkey make guest appearances), while first single 'Stood On Gold', the album's standout, is an achingly beautiful paean to lost love.

Perhaps the band's weakest point is the lugubrious falsetto of main vocalist Euros Childs. Adding to the poignancy of some of the tracks, his lamenting lilt leaves the album open to accusations of being too cloying for its own good. The evidence here suggests that Childs' sister Megan ('Can Megan') and Richard James ('Stood On Gold') should be given more vocal input.

'How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart' won't put its creators on a par with fellow Welsh bands Super Furry Animals and the Manic Street Preachers in the popularity stakes. For those willing to invest the time, however, it provides a quietly rewarding experience.

Tom Grealis

Tracklisting: Where Does Yer Go Now? - Honeymoon With You - Stood On Gold - Dead-Aid - Can Megan - Christina - Easy Love - Let Those Blue Skies - These Winds Are In My Heart - How I Long - Her Hair Hangs Long - Hodgeston's Hallelujah