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- Idolatry by Strange Idols
9/10 Brian Staff review, 16 November 2012
This cult London quintet were a sharp thorn of genuine old-skool indie passion caught in a boorish landscape of dreadful NME sponsored Strokes/Clash-aping acts who formed around a decade ago and shone for an all-too-brief flurry of years. Here top Anglophile U.S. twee label Cloudberry collect their few sparse vinyl sides and another five unreleased gems to form the nearest thing you could get to a complete anthology of their charming work complete with a cute photo booklet/biog thing.
Four bookish handsome boys and a gorgeous crystal honey-voiced beauty! Oh yeah! No Loaded-lads or sleeperblokes here. The music is kind of spirited heart-felt jangle pop/breezy punchy indie that swoops around your mind with gentle passion and genuine soul. They have that earthy clattery charm from the off and come across as sweet players in love with a finer era of music when songs had sensitivity and class. The M/F vocals really contrast nicely, both singers display an earthiness and fragility in their voices that you don't get very often. The tunes themselves stylistically fall some place in-between the cracks created by great bands such as The Long Blondes, The Primitives, Heavenly, Orange Juice, Pastels, The Organ and Belle & Sebastian and don't actually appear to be anywhere near as twee as you'd possibly expect.The main concern here is how beautifully formed and catchy a great deal of these songs are. They have a flighty celebratory punch do many of them. It's really nice to hear simple, naturalistic music infused with such intimacy and wonder...I really like this collection a hell of a lot, It's a shame they didn't get that bigger crack at things as the tracks compiled here are total gems and have left me in a cracking good mood for the day. Oh, yeah, as I suspected they ARE named after my favourite Felt album. Top marks then.
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