By Various Artists
A double A-Side from local label Tip Toe released earlier this month, we have two local bands for your delectation:
Yonderboy - Vast Ocean
Only formed last summer, 2009 has seen Yonderboy start to deliver some of their promise, with praise for live shows and this song, a jangly indie-pop number. The Wedding Present are cited as a comparison, which is fair but the sound is more like the bands that they were influenced by with strong shades of the Scottish Postcard label, especially the Edwyn Collins fronted Orange Juice.
Truth be told it could have been recorded at pretty much any time over the last thirty years, which isn't a bad thing: perhaps I should describe it as classic jangly indie-pop.
It's a good song, a simple but effective chorus and a nice emotive lilt in the singer's voice. At over five minutes it's overlong but its meanderings are well arranged.
Just Handshakes (We're British) - Brass Knuckles
Again, a young band with a lot ahead of them and again classic winsome, girly indie-pop; if this had been sent as some lost early-80's track I'd not have doubted it. Not as strong a song, with the arrangement a little fussy, although the military drums are effective. The singer doesn't sound like she's much interested, with a folksy sing-song delivery that undermines the message of the song. And again with the jangly guitar.