8/10 Clinton Staff review, 29 May 2012
Not much is known about these lot and all the comparisons I’ve read seem to sound nothing like them (they don’t sound like Pulp or Arab Strap, for example (the two bands mentioned on a review pasted on the press release). What I hear is a kind of melodic electronica-influenced stab at cool laid back indie that has one foot in the Why? camp, one in The Notwist side of things and another completely different foot where the comparisons are more all over the place, I hear Lloyd Cole, I hear Big Audio Dynamite. But if there was one band that is looking over what they do I’d say The Beta Band.
Now I’ve never rated The Beta Band but it’s amazing how many bands seem to have taken their cue from their odd lopsided compositions. Alternatively you could say that this is one of those indie albums that sounds like the band has grown up influenced (but not exclusively influenced) by hip hop - there are the skittery beats and the kind of scatting vocal style that points to a youth spent wisely and as a result his is not at all too far away from the Alt-J stuff that people are going bonkers over.
There’s a varied feel to the album as it wears on with a spoken word piece, a track that does sound a little like Pulp, some Mercury Rev-like flourishes and plenty more back pack electronic indie that will appeal to fans of the song end of the Anticon records stable.
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