Tuesday, January 24, 2012

REVIEW: Standard Fare - Out of Sight, Out of Town

Packed with hooks and melody, and featuring changes of pace and diversity of emotion, Out of Sight, Out of Town by Sheffield, UK, trio Standard Fare presents a strong case for the band's emergence as an indie pop trio to pay attention to. The girl-boy vocals are stellar, and deservedly command attention throughout. But the musicianship and songwriting stand out as well. Here is one of my favorite tracks, "05 11 07" --

Standard Fare is Emma Kupa (bass and vocals), Danny How (guitars and vocals), and Andy Beswick (drums). Emma and Danny met as teenagers and formed the current band in 2005 after stints in other bands. Andy was recruited from a sibling's band. Their debut album was 2010's Noyelle Beat. A listener completely unfamiliar with the group likely will find some similarities with the energetic, danceable indie pop of Los Campesinos!, but I detect some of the jagged garage northern soul of Orange Juice and the jangle of C86, as well. And while the themes reveal increasing maturity of the band, the music carries the day. It really is a good indie pop album to begin the year.

The delightful opening track, "Look for Lust" --

Out of Sight, Out of Town is out today on the Melodic label.

"Call me up" --

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