After a couple of extended singles in 2016 through Closing Time and Domino London’s Little Cub are exploding onto Domino with their debut full length. An adept mix of indie pop and electronica production Still Life features tracks that range from solid indie shuffle grooves to Caribou esque house. Indies only limited version comes with 7 remixes by members of the band.
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- WIGLP315X / Limited indies only gold coloured vinyl LP on Domino. Includes a large artwork/lyrics booklet and download card with 7 bonus remixes by the band
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It takes some confidence to call your EP 'Loveless' but that's just what Little Cub did on their 2016 debut. It wasn't, of course, as good as the other 'Loveless' but Little Cub wrote enough pleasant electo-pop tunes to ensure they got a deal with Domino out of it.
They make the sort of dance flavoured wry pop music that would earn easi-comparisons to early Metronomy and they have a nice juxtaposition between sleek electronica and the sort of bold but risky lyrical couplets that will see them either fall flat on their faces or be seen as young upstarts ready to take on the crown of bleak observation from the Pet Shop Boys when they retire. On 'Breathing Space' they tone down the dancefloor slightly and make things lusher with the sort of pumping stadium ready tunes that are one rung away from Phoenix's crowd pleasing antics. Whereas a lot of music like this is happy to flit along in the background, summer festival ready for when you're not properly listening, Little Cub pay attention to details and add in lines like "your harlequin hair curtained like mine in the '90s" just to make sure anyone is still paying attention. The far away ever fading influence of Morrissey can just be heard.
They've got me I have to say with lines like "the eyes cold like a Lancashire winter" on 'Death of a Football Manager'. Did Junior Boys write a song about a football manager (Gary Speed I'm guessing?). No they didn't. This is good. I'm going to listen to it some more.
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