In the aftermath of bands like Morning Runner (remember them?), Thirteen Senses (how about those guys?) and Keane (well, you know who they are..), the mention of a sweeping piano-led ballad could scare off the best of us.
The Sailor Song is the debut single from UK quintet The Gadsdens, and is indeed a sweeping, piano-led ballad, but before you crumble up in a corner clutching your copy of Hopes And Fears, cursing the heavens for all the bands that followed in its wake, you should know that The Sailor Song is a subtly original take on that now familiar formula.
A charming and pulsating piece of piano pop that holds no surprises, tempo shifts or digital tweaks, it's naturally sentimental, sending strong links to Tracy Chapman, - mostly due to the vocal style of frontman Jody Gadsen.
Like their peers Tigers That Talked and fellow Londoner Jamie Woon, The Gadsdens' strength lies in evoking a comfortable dose of melancholy via well-placed strings, or, as in the case of Mr. Woon, adding clearly visible and elongated strains of melody in an oft-improvised manner.
File under: ones to watch.
The Sailor Song is out now.
6:00 AM | 03/12/2009
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