bands these days are a dime a dozen (thanks to our insatiable appetite
for all things retro and ironic). This duo only takes part of the
past into its future, and only the best parts at that. When it reminds
me of something old, like Pet Shop Boys, the vision is quickly dashed
by Daniel Da Silva's lilting, chanteuse vocals (you'd think it was
Paula Frazer) and the always driving, percussive syncopation.
Opening shot "Boulevard"
is pure, elegant drama, with an impossible-to-forget piano line
and strutting drums that sound like Tango-contest fodder. It's more
of the same for the rest of the 5-song EP. There's a black-clothes
vibe that hangs over everything, as if these guys were from Europe
and not New York/New Jersey.
Posted July 24, 2003.
Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
duo only takes part of the past into its future, and only the
best parts at that."