Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sherlock's Daughter

NYC Artists on the rise: Sherlock's Daughter May residency at The Knit begins on May 9.

Sydney (Australia) to New York transplants Sherlock’s Daughter are set to begin a month long residency at The Knitting Factory for the next four Monday nights in May. Their sound is a fascinating hybrid of delicate female lead vocals and somewhat unsettling instrumentation, leaning towards the droney and the dreamy. "Song For Old People" emphases a chanting chorus vocal style, with primitive thumping on tree-stump percussion, then building out with pulsing keyboard undercurrents. "Reprise" gives off lullaby sensations via the lead vocal, while presenting an unsettling backdrop of uncertain instrumental accompaniment. “In The End” focuses even further on the gentle qualities of the bands lead voice. “Love can’t hurt us now” is a repeated lyric, as clackety percussion dances over top of deeper thumps and arpeggiated guitar patterns. An extended coda of rain and thunder sounds further establishes the intended mood. “Sons and Daughters” adds background vocals providing a call and response element found in early American spiritual folk music - however, droney guitar textures keep things very much rooted in the psych rock genre. The Knitting Factory shows are all ages and free to attend. - Dave Cromwell


ViewFromSpookysDoghouse said...

Though I don't know what to make of an "unsettling backdrop of uncertain instrumental accompaniment," after watching the video presented in this blog, I can assure you all that this is THE most exciting band on the planet!

deadmandeadman said...

"I can assure you all that this is THE most exciting band on the planet!"
.....AARRRGGGHHHH! Don't get me going. The superlative is doesn't exist in our universe.
Good Band least...i like the song.

ViewFromSpookysDoghouse said...

Hi deadmandeadman,
I'm not sure that's how you spell "argh," but I'm just teasing. Actually, I've read your comments before, and I respect your writing. Sometimes I feel I spend too much time composing these comments and other times I rush them. In this case, I rushed--not that I'm apologizing. If you're a grammarian and I've offended thee, please enlighten me. I'm sure I can learn from you. Cheers, VFSD.

DaveCromwell said...

Ha, ha.

I know - about that video. They just, ah - sit there.

Yes! Good song ;-)

Typcially, there are amusing YouTube comments under it.

I'm more of a "listener" (than a watcher) anyway.

Anonymous said...

I like the song in that video.
Groovy ;)

DaveCromwell said...

You know what, Anouk?

That IS a groovy song.

In fact, it's very, VERY "groovy"

(Why do I suddenly feel trapped in an episode of "Scooby Doo" ?)


Patricia said...

Good Band, great song, i like it!

DaveCromwell said...

Nice to hear you say, Paty.

Its true that - the more I investigate here - the more I like.

Mr Smork said...

nice short piece. lots of fancy words. must be an accurate description of this music. i quiet like that song that was embed.
and me being a fan of video and sound combination i found that video seemed a little bit boring.... having such a powerful song in deposition i imagine some cool video for it...

DaveCromwell said...

"Fancy words" are what I DO, Mr. Smork ;-)

Glad to hear you like the sound of the band.

Yeah, most agree that video "idea" (which was to have *no* idea) is a one-trick, lets-not-try-this again sorta move.

Here's a really good live representation of them: