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