Indie favourites Circa Waves have labelled the ­album a “lost art”.

The Move to San Fransisco hitmakers think it’s a real shame many artists have given up making traditional records.

Frontman Kieran Shudall told me: “I think it’s gone back to the 50s when it used to be all about the single and the pop single was king.

“For a little while in the 80s, 90s, early 2000s the album ­became this huge thing but it seems to have reverted back to the early days, which is fine but I think it’s a shame as I did love people investing their time into records.”

With the first side of their double album Happy, out now, Circa Waves have vowed they’ll never stop making LPs.

He continued: “The album is such a beautiful thing and I see it as a proper full-length ­movie, and the singles are episodes of Friends that you can just throw on whenever and it doesn’t ­really matter.

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“We like to think we are making something that is a great piece of art, something that will take our fans away for 40 minutes or so.”

They’re one of the hardest working bands around – their last record What’s It Like Over There is not a year old and the second side of their next LP Sad drops in March.

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And Kieran is hoping the hard work will pay off so he build his own studio.

He confessed: “I’d build a studio with a ping-pong table and a bar, I’ll invite Ed Sheeran around and batter him at ping-pong and give him a Circa Waves pint.”

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