Tag Archives: twee

ALBUM REVIEW: Electric Cables (Lightships)

27 May

Gerard Love is obviously best known for Teenage Fanclub, a band once hailed by Kurt Cobain as the best in the world. The thing about Teenage Fanclub is that Love was just one third of the songwriting team, so his summery contributions were given edge and teeth by the remaining two-thirds; Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley. Here, Love is given free rein to indulge his twee side.

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ALBUM REVIEW: To The Treetops! (Team Me)

12 Mar

Norwegian indie-pop six-piece Team Me explode into being with the very first track on the To The Treetops!Riding My Bicycle. The initial slow burn is even better once the song really gets going, layering whimsy over whimsy to really enhance the magical, dreamy feel. The vocals are close and harmonised, particularly enjoyable on the chanting ‘na na na’s unlike the usual fare. 

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LIVE REVIEW: Nat Johnson and the Figureheads (15.02.12)

21 Feb

Formerly of folk-pop band Monkey Swallows The Universe, Nat’s been called as integral to the Sheffield scene as Jarvis Cocker – and tonight there’s no doubt she’s where she belongs, on stage in the Memorial Hall, at Sheffield City Hall.

After a brief song on the balcony above the audience and an introductory video, depicting the making of latest album I’m Across, I’m Ashore, Nat and band launch into the catchy Astronomy.

My problem with some of the newer material is it doesn’t feel as raw as Roman Radio, the début album. That’s not to call Roman Radio unpolished, but I’m Across, I’m Ashore – and the offerings from the What The Heart Pours Into EP – lack the edge and definition of previous songs. While it stays nicely in the twee, folk-rock genre that Nat and her band do so well, it never quite manages to push past that.

Introducing Sheffield Shanty as “the first of two songs about Sheffield”, however, the performance starts to pick up. The lively shanty showcases all the best bits of Nat’s musical skills, and the new line-up of the Figureheads are backing her at every opportunity.

The night only improves from there, with one song after another keeping the audience’s interest as Nat’s haunting voice provides the perfect complement to charming, clever songs.

The encore ends with the catchy Your Majesty, which sees Nat wearing a jaunty crown on her head.

Originally published here.