Single review by KevW
The Sundowners hail from The Wirral and include two members with the surname Skelly. No reference is made to them being relatives of James and Ian Skelly from The Coral (a band from the same area), but it is that pair who produce this exceptionally good debut single, so maybe we're looking at family ties, or maybe it's just a coincidence. I guess we'll find out soon enough. Regardless of any link with location or band members, comparisons to Merseyside's most famous recent exponents of sunkissed psychedelia are somewhat inevitable. From the opening bars of 'Hummingbird' you're left in no doubt that their mission is to explore similar musical terrain and, quite probably, many influences (not least jangly 60s psychedelia) are shared.
However this song has got to us shouldn't really be a factor. The Sundowners clearly have a decent pedigree; a support slot with Cats Eyes suggests that that acclaimed duo may be fans, and one listen to 'Hummingbird' is enough to convince anyone that these lot have what it takes. This is an exemplary piece of modern psych-pop and one of the best songs we've heard for some time. The duel vocals make for a simply superb and harmonious sensory attack, and backed with a tune of this calibre it becomes an essential listen. It's not uncommon for bands to look to the past for ideas, but The Sundowners, on the strength of this single at least, are currently in a class of their own.
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