Tuesday 28 May 2013

Hero & Leander - Kiss Me By The Water Cooler

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

Hero & Leander make indiepop that's always teetering on the brink of becoming that bit too cute and sickly, but it never does. With their new album 'Tumble' now available, the Essex mob have released this video for single 'Kiss Me By The Water Cooler', a song title that could have come from a Belle & Sebastian album and has the potential to cross that line... but of course, it never quite does. The video is exactly the same; it's all a bit silly and bordering on the dreaded "T"-word: twee. We'll give them the benefit of the doubt with that though, it's quite fun after all.

The opening few bars of the song are tiptoeing along that tightrope but with the gradual addition of more instruments and vocals it begins to turn into something with more substance, despite the lyrics which are endless references to kissing, as you'd expect. By the end though, the thing has built up into quite a melee of guitars, pianos and vocals. There's plenty of ammunition here for the punk in us all to have a pop at Hero & Leander, but we can't bring ourselves to do it. They're just too damn nice.

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