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Sons And Daughters
Love The Cup
Domino Records

Sons and Daughters are an interesting band. Hailing from Scotland and having just signed to the legendary Domino Records, they seem to have sprung from nowhere within the last few months. It helps that they carry the torch of fellow Scots Franz Ferdinand's current favourite band, proved by Franz taking Sons and Daughters out on tour with them in the US in June this year.

But do they sound like Franz Ferdinand? Thankfully, no is the answer. Imagine, if you will, a lo-fi and crackly recording of only seven tracks. Is it a demo? An EP? Nope, it really is an album and one of quite enjoyable aural pleasure.

Sons and Daughters consist of four members (boy, girl; boy, girl) but really sound like there are only two of them. A sort of reverse White Stripes, whose cacophony of noise belies the fact that they are a duo. Love the Cup sounds like a rough blend of The Kills sultry vocals with the sparse melodies of PJ Harvey. This occurs with male/female duets on the track "La Lune" and the sublime "Awkward Duet", where the atmosphere is one of regret and sadness. However, the album is not depressing, but remains hard to put in a box with a nice, neat label. The only downside with this debut is the power to take it seriously when it sounds like a friend's demo CD, albeit a good demo.

The best advice with this release is to listen and make up your own mind, but avoid it at all costs if lo-fi recordings are your pet hate.

-Rebeckah Pearce

Track Listing:

1. Fight
2. Broken Bones
3. Johnny Cash
4. Blood
5. Start to End
6. La Lune
7. Awkward Duet

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