Rand and Holland: Caravans (Spunk)

 |   |  <1 min read

Rand and Holland: Oh My Love
Rand and Holland: Caravans (Spunk)

And the sum total of my information is that these guys are from Sydney -- oh, and that neither of the duo at the core of this small acoustic-based band are called Rand or Holland.

R&H apparently grew out of home recordings by singer-bassist Brett Thompson who initially teamed up with guitarist Stuart Olsen, and now have invited other like-minded players into the fold. This is pop music of the folksy persuasion in a way, but it also explores some adeptly minimalist soundscapes (repeated guitar figures are their hallmark), and very little rises above a whisper. There is a breezy optimism here too, and an unforced charm.

They understand the less-is-more philosophy, and the guitar solos -- such as they are -- consist of very few notes. Somewhere between the Bats and the Shoes in acoustic mode, with modest country and folksy inflections.

Not a bad to place to be actually.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Little Feat and Friends: Join the Band (429/Shock)

Little Feat and Friends: Join the Band (429/Shock)

That Little Feat survived the death of founder Lowell George back in 79 wasn't so surprising. Much as George was the charismatic, stoned frontman there was no denying that this was a band of... > Read more

Jim Noir: Jim Noir (My Dad)

Jim Noir: Jim Noir (My Dad)

Some six months ago the English magazine Q hailed this quirky, poppy and delightfully cheerful album as "the surprise soundtrack of summer 2008" -- which means that for us in the other... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BEATLES' HELP! RECONSIDERED (2007): The band in a Bond film

THE BEATLES' HELP! RECONSIDERED (2007): The band in a Bond film

The Beatles' career was rife with strange coincidences and symmetries, and that's excluding the fact they played in Auckland on my 13th birthday. More pertinent in the greater scheme of things... > Read more

Renee Geyer: You Broke a Beautiful Thing (1999)

Renee Geyer: You Broke a Beautiful Thing (1999)

Lord knows some artists can be "difficult" -- and many of those who have tried to interview Australian Renee Geyer (never my doubtful pleasure) have returned chastened, frustrated and... > Read more