21 May 2014

BAT AND BALL - "STOPS MY MOUTH" (ALT-POP, UK)


Bat And Ball are Plymouth siblings Abi and Chris Sinclair, the UK's version of New Zealand brother sister duo BROODS with a penchant for comatose electronica and morose pop ensembles a la The XX meets Brighton natives GAPS. The pair, who now reside in London town already have their own record label and are close pals with the formidable DJ Jen Long. 

"Stops My Mouth" is a fantastically dependable song right from the offset as steady rhythmic beats and grounded guitar intrusions trundle along at a somewhat pedestrian tempo ensuring each sound element is appreciated fully. The plethora of varying noise inputs makes this latest effort from the pair a fascinating exploration into layering and composition as melodic piano keys, shuddered beats and isolated percussion jingles all vie for attention. Add to that the crisp vocals of Abi Sinclair, whose execution and delivery is very Scandinavian in design, very Frida Sundemo even and you have what is London's finest alternative raw-edged pop collective of the moment. IYES better watch out.

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