• son(s) The Son(s) (CD, £7.95)

    label: Olive Grove Records

    Preferring to maintain their anonymity, this is as much as we can tell you about the origins of the son(s). the son(s) were three men in a band, in Edinburgh. one son went to London, and made his fortune in the movies. another son went to Oxford and lives in a small commune there. the last son eventually went back to the north east of Scotland and wrote and recorded these songs. we would like to be able to tell you a bit more about the background of the band, but that really is as much as we know. what we can tell you is that their debut album has the potential to feature on a lot of taste-makers albums of 2011. their unique storytelling ability runs strong throughout all eleven tracks. the listener is taken to small weather beaten towns on harsh winter nights, kept warm beside dark fireplaces whilst young girls experiment with the occult, and meander down dark and twisting midnight highways, the remaining son's hand clasped firmly round their wrist. all of these songs are strong enough to stand on their own two feet, but together they create an album that begs to be heard. it possesses a cinematic quality set to inspire the minds of artists and listeners alike, combining elements of iron and wine and Grizzly Bear with a liberal helping of the Beach Boys. with a debut album this strong, it would come as no surprise to hear any of these tracks featured on a major motion picture soundtrack.

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