Arthur and Yu: In Camera (Stomp)

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Arthur and Yu: 1000 Words
Arthur and Yu: In Camera (Stomp)

On a first hearing I thought this would have been the album that Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood might have made if Nancy had been more like Elizabeth Montgomery in Bewitched and Lee more like Karl Wallinger from World Party.

Sort of pop but not, as it were.

There is a dreamy and disconcerting quality to much of this pairing of Seattle's Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott, but the seductive quality is endearing and they certainly have a way with a melodramatic melody on the Spector-like framework of The Ghost of Old Bull.

There are deft melodic flourishes and filagrees to hold your interest, and chiming guitars keep things on course even when they pull in a little quirky country on 1000 Words.

Real nice stuff all round.

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