Friday 24 February 2012

A Few My Nephew - A Few My Nephew

EP review by KevW

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Whether A Few My Nephew is a joyfully obtuse name for a band or just a bloody awful one is a debate for another time, either way it's certainly unusual. It's fitting therefore, that this debut EP from the Nantes quartet is similarly unusual and will quite possibly divide opinion. A hybrid of influences can be extracted from these six tracks; the band cite Love, Yeti Lane and Grizzly Bear, and have supported Baxter Dury, Allo Darlin' and Here We Go Magic. Whizz that lot up in a blender, top with some early Gorky's and a sprinkling of 70s weirdo Kevin Ayres - et voila!

It's an intriguing blend and yields mixed results. 'Bossa Nova' even chucks in some Stereolab and is the most upbeat track here. Elsewhere things get a little misty, the choppy tempo of 'Endless Night' does its name proud in bringing in a dreamy feel and offbeat indie-folk is the default setting for much of the rest, but done in their own way - this is a band with ideas and a wilful disregard for convention. There's a certain je ne sais quoi that's missing; that little extra quirk to provide these songs with a bit more punch, or maybe the addition of a producer to give things a kick up the backside. Still, this is a promising first offering, and although A Few My Nephew haven't quite reached their destination yet, they're certainly heading in the right direction.

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