Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Mr. Moccasin - Cabana Boys (Birds Of Youth)

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Baltimore's Mr. Moccasin are a band who can just about master anything. Led by a singer/poet who was born in Azerbaijan and sometimes sings in Russian, they not only have an eastern European influence, but take inspiration from the world over. 'Cabana Boys (Birds Of Youth)' is the second single taken from their new album 'XAHA', a record that should have, and may still, catapult them to the fame they deserve. It's something of a travesty that they remain relative unknowns, so hopefully this release will go some way to remedying that. They have all the right ingredients to become alternative heroes.

This is a sweetly sung tune backed by percussion and gentle slide guitar, a welcome change from drums and strumming. The brass is part mariachi and part Belle & Sebastian, and this manages to place them in a niche of their own. You could say that Mr. Moccasin could appeal to the more adventurous of the indie crowd, but an eclectic song such as this takes in jazz and classical influences too, signifying that they're just the sort of band you wouldn't be embarrassed about your parents being a fan of, and they wouldn't tell you to turn it off for being such a racket. Surely their time will come.

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