B is for….”Balham To Brooklyn” by Turin Brakes, a Spartan, folky London duo whose State Of Things EP has come as a surprising pleasure to me. It’s impossible to describe the band (or song) in a way that doesn’t make them sound like arse, unfortunately, but you get harsh acoustic guitar, a touch of electronic atmosphetics, Fahey-style fingerpicking and a Dylanish way with a tune. Escapes, departures, and life changes are the theme, especially on “Balham To Brooklyn”, with its narrator running to America for reasons he can’t (or doesn’t want to) articulate. Perhaps it’s that theme which has made the record so attractive to me lately.