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16/07/2015 : THE GORGEOUS CHANS - Marina and I / By The Highway

THE GORGEOUS CHANS

Marina and I / By The Highway

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16/07/2015, Paul PLEDGER

The description tropical-pop seriously does my head in. So when another PR company inserts the words 'tropical' and 'indie' in the same paragraph, I feel the urge to crossbow my eyelids to a passing bus. Thankfully the music is better than the genre - The Wave Pictures have proved this, as has AJ Holmes and his Hackney Empire outfit and now come Nottingham's The Gorgeous Chans who have more or less adapted their take on Paul Simon's Graceland blueprint. I prefer By The Highway which sounds far less naive and chirpy than lead track Marina and I. There's some obvious African overtone thing going on but they've reigned it in on the second song. One to watch.

This review also appeared also on Flipside Reviews.

Paul PLEDGER
16/07/2015


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