By Miles Kane
Little more than a year ago, the name Miles Kane may not have instilled a great deal of imagery in the minds of the musically enlightened. Pre April 2011, his name would've been slung around in sentences regarding 'that bloke from The Rascals' or 'the half of The Last Shadow Puppets that isn't Alex Turner'...
Since his first solo album, 'Color of the Trap' he's stormed his way up the 'fashionable music food chain' and now resides somewhere near the top, releasing hits and strolling around in an effortlessly stylish languor. It's a rags, to riches, to cult hero fairytale. I might add that it's completely and unquestionably deserved; as his desirability's grown, so has his capacity for writing poignant and credible music that's started to take the mainstream whilst still retaining the backstreet, dive bar sound that Kane's music always sparks with.
He's taken the uncut, raw sound of the Rascals and fused them with the melody and the cinematic flow of The Shadow Puppets, which sounds good, yes? But of course, it was to be expected. What wasn't expected, however, was the new depths of ingenuity he's been hiding and has now brought to his solo repertoire. It's darker, it's cleverer and it's really quite exciting.
New single, 'First of my Kind' is the possibly biggest sound we've heard from him yet, with brass motifs that wouldn't have sounded out of place backing The Rat Pack, which I agree makes it sound a little tired and tawdry until you take into account the wailing guitar riffs and his mocking, instantly recognisable vocal tones, shimmering over the barrage of studio production.
It's a drawled, self indulgent statement. His vowel sounds are getting more and more slurred with each individual release, but even the whole 'it's Britpop so I'm going to over exaggerate my accent to its utmost limits thing' works to his advantage.
It's brilliant, and for how it fits into the genre it defines, it's perfect. It's setting itself up for a series of new developments that will surely be just as exciting as the ones hipster hearts have already been captured by.