I’ve mentioned them this week, so I thought I would elaborate. Mercury Rev released Deserter’s Songs to great acclaim in 1998. I recall first hearing the album and being completely taken aback. So much so that when I went to see them live in ensuing years, they never lived up to that initial moment, as exemplified by ‘Holes’. The long player’s opening track, its symphonic arrangements were perfectly layered over Jonathan Donahue’s extraordinary falsetto. That’s hard to reenact in the Brixton Academy.