Editors' Notes Four albums into their recording career, Catherine Ward Thomas and Lizzy Ward Thomas of the aptly named English twin sibling duo Ward Thomas are a fair distance away from the bright jangle of 2014’s debut From Where We Stand, made in their late teens. On their latest, primarily produced by Jonathan Quarmby, they’ve settled into singer-songwriter pop accented by their light harmonies. The sisters did quite a bit of the recording while quarantining at their Hampshire cottage, so it’s fitting that many of their new tunes deal with thwarted cravings for intimacy. During “Meant to Be Me”, over syncopated acoustic guitar and finger-snap backbeats, they depict what it’s like to let thoughts of an ex balloon into nostalgia and self-doubt. “Don’t Be a Stranger” friskily applies the language of a new flirtation to ask for renewed closeness. “Hold Space”, a rhythmic pop tune with a mostly acoustic palette, offers emotional refuge to a friend in crisis, and the airily tuneful pop-rock of “Sweet Time” savours the small risks of trying out vulnerability with a new love.

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