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Though firmly established in Germany, BOY are best known here for the Feist-like folk of 2012 single ‘Numbers’, and for Lo-Fang’s later reworking of ‘Mutual Friends’ album-track ‘Boris’. For this follow-up, Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass took two years out to focus on songwriting and acquired a Juno synthesiser to take their gentle, guitar-driven sound “one step further”. In practice, ‘We Were Here’ is the subtlest of evolutions, with synths employed as a softening texture in what is essentially another set of pleasant, mid-tempo indie-pop songs.

This approach works particularly well on the wistful title track, which features sweet vocal harmonies redolent of Tegan and Sara, and on the School Of Seven Bells-eque ‘Fear’. ‘Hit My Heart’, however, simply sounds like a more MOR rehash of their big hit ‘Numbers’. Undoubtedly, the duo have an innate gift for melody, but their arrangements throughout are disappointingly safe. And while by no means a bad record, ‘We Were Here’ simply doesn’t furnish listeners with compelling enough reasons to remember it.

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