10
Jul
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 40

So as The Recommender hits 40 we have three classy hitters for you today. A very strong bunch from either side of the pond. In each case below we see very bright futures, so enjoy these introductions and watch them knock the music world out of the park in due course…

KILL IT KID

Put frankly – this young bunch are incredibly striking! There’s more than one comparison you can make with Chris Turpins vocals being very similar to Anthony Hegarty from Anthony & The Johnsons. Firstly they both possess almost identical, beautiful, incredibly strong and soulful voices, but its the shock and the surprise that it comes out of their mouths at all that is the most astonishing! When watching them you just cannot get your head around it. How can someone as young and fresh-faced as that sing like this!!!? Lastly, how the fuck can anybody sound like Anthony Hegarty!? He’s so unusual and individual that you’d think nobody ever would, yet here we are with Chris. Anyway, once you introduce the fiddle and particularly Steph Ward’s backing vocals you get a more rounded, sweetened Bluegrass sound that suits their Bath/Bristol roots. It’s wise old music, sometimes haunting, sometimes powerful and punchy, yet always more mature than their young years suggest. When the One Little Indian label swept them onto their books, they must have rubbed their hands at the joy of snapping up such a wonderfully talented 5-piece. Consider us totally struck.  (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        KILL IT KID – BURST ITS BANKS (ysi)

AMAZING BABY

Wesleyen University, Connecticut, may not be on your radar, but of late it has hot-housed some of New York’s finest purveyors of psychedelic indie. MGMT and Chairlift may have already drawn all the attention, but their fellow classmates, Amazing Baby, look set to grab some of it for themselves with their much anticipated LP ‘Rewild’. Composing of front man Will Roan and guitarist Simon O’Conner the rest of the band are made up of an ever changing line up; think Broken Social Scene‘s arrangement. Will’s meandering vocals are delivered over a multitude of lavish space and new age grooves heavily drenched in reverb and chorus. Imagine The Dandy Warhols playing Hawkwind’s  ‘Space Is Deep’ whilst Midnight Juggernaughts remix it, all played on a Mexican beach in the twilight hours to a commune of beautiful twenty somethings. Nice! At worst its Iglu& Hartley, but with good tunes. Catch them at Hoxton’s Bar & Grill on July 16th and Latitude Festival on the 17th.  (DV)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:        AMAZING BABY – BAYONETS (ysi)

WINCHELL RIOTS

Doves fronted by Tom Chaplin off of Keane. There you go – a critique in one short sentence. OK, so we’re about a little more than that here at The Recommender, with our wandering adjectives, over-used superlatives and general waffle of the highest order, but at least that gives you a start. If you like Doves, if you like Keane, then you will like this lot. Seeing as they’re recording with Doves production, Dan Austen, with another session due next month, it’s no great surprise. This 4-piece are the rising Phoenix that’s emerged from former band, Fell City Girl, who had some success out of Oxford, but alas required a re-invention. And so this new transformation takes on a bigger sound, with more emphasis on sweet melodies and tunes, rather than the previous incarnation’s often drifting, sometimes boring self-indulgence. With Winchell Riots you get choruses and enjoyable sections to songs, as opposed to one long climax of previous ventures. It’s like an evolution, the butterfly from the chrysalis if you will. Like all good sweeping, emotional Indie bands they require a little more patience, but it’s well rewarded. Here’s hoping they’ve learned to fly for their second attempt, as bands don’t often get a third.  (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       THE WINCHELL RIOTS – KANDAHAR ROAD (ysi)

We are writing this as we prepare for this weekend’s Loop festival in Brighton. If we were any more excited we would be arrested. If we hook up with any bands backstage, or manage any great photo’s we will duly report them to you…

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