Tuneful indie-pop from London/Berlin based Kamran Khan who has worked tirelessly to create his take on the ever popular jangle-pop genre. There sure are some lovely sounds in here and this sensitive literate pop cold appeal to fans of the likes of Wild Nothing, Hoops and further back to Belle and Sebastien.
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Were people generally more romantic in the '80s? Is it a phone thing? Is it that a line such as "oh the alcoholic afternoons when we sat in your room they meant more to me than any living thing on earth" takes a long time to text? Better just put "u up 4 shag?".
Luckily I've found a man out of time. His name is Kamran Khan and he describes himself on Twitter (ok he isn't completely out of time) as "Young professional specialising in riff architecture". He is no doubt young and professional but the riffs he specialises in are the same kind of spangled ones that once splayed from the fingers of Johnny Marr. He writes songs that are mid paced like Mac De Marco but with a more European panache. I'd hazard a guess that you won't find him in a pair of filthy dungarees.
There's a craftsmanlike quality to his tunes that suggest that they've been sweated over for many months. In this regard he's more like your 80s troubadours such as Roddy Frame, Paddy Mcaloon and Lloyd Cole than your modern day jangle providers such as Wild Nothing. However the sound fits in perfectly for the current vogue of drifting dreamy poppers. 'Short of Breath' is like the moment where Horsebeach finally write a song to gain them world domination. On 'Kinda Girl' his sweet voice tumbles alongside sunlit guitars in a way that is almost unbearably pretty whilst 'As I Get To Know You Better' has the sort of melody Ducktails have been clawing at their whole career. The lyrics are lovelorn affairs showcasing poetically the bits of life where love goes wrong.
It's not all as stellar but he's onto something definitely. I'm hoping....hoping that this brings the return of songs being actually good.
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