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Listen: Oxford’s Lacuna Common release ‘Not The Same’

Oxford trio Lacuna Common have returned – building off sharing the stage with favourites Sports Team and Ugly – and embracing both band’s penchants for provincial England’s small things in life and the way they impact you more than you realise.

‘Not The Same’ is a dose of witty cynicism swimming in youthful zealousness and built-up feelings. Alfie Franks is snarling and purposeful, harbouring tender empathy over undirected anger – the low-strung hooks striking in their stop start motion. Throw away utterances of semi-detached houses and rolled-up skinny jeans actually subtly hone in on the yearning an uncertain relationship leaves you feeling, having not got the stability you had perhaps hoped for.