You’ve got to sit down and tune in, particularly if you’re a fan of classic pop sounds. No one, well mostly no one, is doing it like Cardiff’s Red Telephone. I was struck immediately by Declan Andrews voice, working somewhere in that Bowie/Bolan range, though I think Andrews has a sharper ear for vocal melody. The rest of the band does their job, crafting a bright pop bounder that seems as timeless as it does, with just the slightest hint of modern psychedelia entering the picture. Probably one of my favorite tracks of the week, to be honest. Look for the band’s new single on October 19th via Libertino.
Not too long ago I offered up my thoughts on the first Alex Dingley single from his forthcoming LP, and today I return with another offering a slightly different image of Alex. The first single was very much in the vein of Drinks/Cate Le Bon, but Dingley’s operatic tones amidst the steady strumming recall more of a Dirty Projects vibe. It’s definitely an experiment in sound, allowing Alex to work his voice as the primary instrument, while the music almost seems like its been repurposed as a metronome. Not sure there are a lot of artists crafting this sort of sound, so that alone (and I like it) gets my seal of approval. Libertino Records will release Beat the Babble on June 15th.