Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
New Wave pop
Most recent release, Coexist (2012)
Own, occasional covers
A group (originally a foursome, now a trio) from London with male/female lead vocals and a kind of moody new wave sound. (Neile)
Comments about live performance:
I accidentally saw them opening for Florence and the Machine last week. Live, they don't exactly rock the house. Their style is suited for a smaller, more intimate venue, a club where you can lean in and pay attention. But market forces dictate, and the powers that be are putting them on in a headlining slot. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Romy Madley Croft—guitar, vocals
The sound of this album is a throwback to the New Wave artists of the late 1970s, most especially to the somewhat affectless sound of Young Marble Giants. Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim trade off vocals, often singing lines in response to each other. The sound feels minimalist and straightforward but not at all simplistic. The lyrics seem to be mostly about love and sex, so the subdued singing style makes the songs feel particularly effective because it makes the listener (me at least) really think about the conjunction of the tone and the lyrics. I found their sound utterly refreshing, and have grown to love this album. Highly recommended. (Neile)
Romy Madley Croft—guitar, vocals, keyboards
Ivo Stankov, James Underwood, Sarah Chapman, Charlotte Eksteen—strings (8)
This one is a little quieter and more mournful, though not at all less poignant than The XX. It's a throoughly delightful album. I love their sound, which has spawned several imitators. (Neile)
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