Saturday, September 08, 2012

Great Love Songs (34)

I discovered April Smith and The Great Picture Show by happy chance a month or so back when I was on holiday in England (the song below was being used to accompany a montage of clips promoting a tranche of upcoming shows on Sky TV). I gather they're a Brooklyn band who've been knocking around for a few years now, and put out their debut album Songs For A Sinking Ship in 2010 (with the help of fan contributions through Kickstarter!). Their style is not easily summarised; apparently one reviewer described it as "spaghetti burlesque" - which is a great phrase, but I have no idea what it is supposed to mean. A pleasantly eclectic mish-mash: a little bit indie, a little bit folkie, a little bit swing jazz. [Check out more of their music here and here.]

This song, Wow and Flutter, was a little difficult to track down from having heard only brief snatches on a TV trailer: the title - strangely! - is about the only metaphor for the experience of infatuation which is not included in the song itself. It's an infectious little number, zippy, fun, sexy, happy-raunchy (you can listen to the studio version here). I'm curious to check out more of their stuff.

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