Bentcousin – Dizzy
Hell-‘bent’ on rinsing the last drop of joy from the summer, Bentcousin pay homage to salad days and costal skylarking with sunny disposition to spare.
‘Dizzy’ is stripped to the waist uncluttered pop; free from the post-production burden forced on many a counterpart, which is exactly why it works. Amelia’s vocal, true to form, is understated and endearing; sitting somewhere between (the late great) Kirsty MacColl and Miss potty-mouth Allen. Her delivery is breezy and devoid of unnecessary frills which helps make it believable, not always the easiest trick to pull off.
The Brighton based twins seem to understand that everything has its place and keep their arrangements neat and tidy. Even the cameo addition of a Rascalesque grime bridge fails to jar, whilst the lo-fi guitar solo that borders on the shambolic is a real pleasure.
So where does ‘Dizzy’ rank in the bent scheme of things? Well, whilst not pushing our collective buttons in the same way as the delightful ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’, it’s still worthy of a new feather in that cutecore cap, and it should prove a no-brainer for radio. We say, treat yourself to a paddle and a stick of rock, and enjoy the summer while it lasts.
Boys Names – Instant Ambition
This should be simple enough, electro pop meets RnB summer jam, does what it says on the tin right? Well…..not quite.
It starts well enough; with bright reverb-coated guitar and finger-clicks that have you cruising South Beach with the roof down, but sadly from here on in the lines become blurred.
Patrick Seeburn’s vocal is breathy in a George Michael ‘Fast Love’ sort of way, but it fails to dominate proceedings as you hoped it would. In particular the choruses lack that killer blow, the vocal choosing to meander around the guitar line rather than seeking its own melodic space. Elsewhere, it all feels a little forced, with parts defiantly bolted together with little regard for the instruction manual. This includes a mid-song 8 bar key change that left all at Twister Towers sceptical to say the least.
That said. Its still early days for the London outfit and we’ll certainly be back to check out future releases. As Oscar Wilde astutely noted “Ambition is the last refuge of failure” instant or otherwise, so keep the faith boys and girls.