LIONS AND TIGERS AND LIONS EP
RUSSIAN DOLL RECORDS 20.11.06
Just out of curiosity (and DEFINITELY not by accident..... er......) we sent the same record to two of our writers. So, here, for your deluctation, a critical comparison of the merits of Tiny Dancers' EP
Speaking of his admiration for The Band, Tiny Dancers’ lead singer David Kay said,
“They were just totally absorbed in what they were doing. And that appealed to us massively, that idea of being in our own little club where it doesn’t matter what anyone else might think.”
It is not surprising that a band so engrossed in their own world chose John Leckie to produce their debut EP, Lions and Tigers and Lions. Leckie has worked with some of the more eccentric members of the English musical aristocracy: George Harrison, the Stone Roses, Radiohead and Kula Shaker! It might not matter what I think, but I am not going to let that stop me throwing in my two pennies worth.
‘Going Away’ is mistakable for Shania Twain’s ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman’ and their love for bluegrass and synth-imitation instruments can be heard in ‘Russian Snow’ too. Standout track ‘Hemsworth Hallway’ is a more conventional number, yet still consists of birds singing sweetly and the sounds of retro computer game Pong, over the infectious line “We don’t know what goes through / Your little mind!”
If you like a lot of synth on your country join their club! Personally I will wait to hear their full-length debut due in 2007 before sending off for membership.
An enjoyable offering from the folk / alternative Sheffield band. Opening track ‘20 to 9’ sets the mood nicely, before bouncing into the jingle-jangle of ‘Hemsworth Hallway’, with its chorus of “you know we don’t know what goes through your little mind”. Sounds like East-coast alt.country mixed with Ocean Colour Scene.
‘Russian Snow’ alludes to the band’s record label, while continuing the alt.country feel. Its message is one of always looking on the bright side and its beat is finger-tapping at least. A proper summer driving tune, ironically.
‘Sun Goes Down’ picks up more of a funk beat and introduces an electro side to the band, albeit with backing coming from the Casio keyboards you used to play with when you were 8. ‘Going Away’ rounds off the EP with a foot-tapping, familiar sound that I just can’t place. Certainly an excellent way to finish off their official introduction to the music industry.
So where can we slot Tiny Dancers? Well, there are elements of the Beach Boys, Magic Numbers and Wilco in there, but to be honest, they do a good job of being themselves. Look out for these guys in 2007.