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Weirdly enough I checked out the video to this song yesterday on the recommendation of a Swedish friend of mine, and then these turned up at the office today. It's a pretty slickly produced pastoral pop effort from these spooky-looking sisters, who've already caught the attention of Jack “how old are you?” White. Instrumentally it's bringing to mind Okkervil River, but the girls' voices bring it into folkier territory than that band (in places it sounds quite Mumford & Sons-esque - in fact if you like those guys I can pretty much guarantee this song'll hit the spot), and there's (thankfully) less reliance on Americana cliches. There's some close vocal harmonies on here that are really affecting too. On the flip we've got a more low-key Fleet Foxes-meets-Laura Marling type number that's also mega pleasant, with some sweeping strings introduced halfway through to good effect. However while their voices are undeniably pretty and the harmonies are striking, there's very little here to set them apart as anything particularly special. Let's hope they prove me wrong when they put out a full-length.
8/10 Penrith Steve 15th October 2014
What’s instantly noticeable about “The Lion’s Roar” is that the production values are greater and the performance is more assured than their debut “The Big Black And The Blue”. The titled track boasts more muscular, layered production and does show that the girls are moving forward. Overall the album is more consistent than its predecessor. They tip their hats to their heroes in their first big hit “Emmylou”, which name checks country giants Johnny Cash, June Carter, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. “Blue” starts off sounding not unlike Big Star’s “Thiteen”. “New Years Eve” features a soulful vocal and is capable of triggering the spine tingle in me. “King Of The World” closes proceedings nicely, a tuneful uptempo featuring a guest vocal from Conor Oberst. Whilst more consistent than their debut, it doesn’t reach quite as high.
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