- Category: New Music
- Published on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 06:00
The Lumineers - Cleopatra
With 11 tracks and clocking in at a brisk 35 minutes, Cleopatra feels slight. Every song is less than four minutes, although compared to The Lumineers’ first album, the purpose is much more serious. There’s nothing as silly as the paranoid “Submarines” or as danceable as “Classy Girls”. The biggest difference, however is the percussion. The main ingredients that turned The Lumineers from indie folk into folk pop were the toe-tapping claps, smacks, and bangs. On Cleopatra, many of the tracks make it through the second verse before adding any kind of percussion, and some don’t use any at all. These songs tend to have a slow build, and are no less dramatic for being quiet.
Eliza & The Bear - Friends
Eliza and the Bear have their biggest disclaimer on their twitter profile: “No one in this band is called Eliza” and it needs reiterating just in case you confused them for one of that popular trend of female fronted acts like Florence + the Machine, Marina and the Diamonds or Betty and the Werewolves. Nope, Eliza and the Bear have no girls, nor bears either it seems (their name comes from a poem by Eleanor Rees). They are James, Callie, Martin, Chris and Paul, hailing from London and creating the kind of genre-bending music which sees them compared to acts like Mumford and Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, Of Monsters and Men, Kings of Leon and Imagine Dragons.
“Friends” is the current single and it is a joyous folk pop anthem which sets a triumphant exuberant tone and defies anyone to sit still whilst listening to it. This continues into “Where Have You Been” which is all layered harmonies and upbeat brass over a fast tempo summery indie backing track. The track builds and builds, strips away to just the plaintive vocals and then ends with a resounding singalong chorus.