Album Review: Young Knives – Ornaments From The Silver Arcade
With their penchant for tweed, knitted sweater vests, sensible side partings and devilishly nerdy stage personas (Thomas ‘The House Of Lords’ Dartnall anyone?) Leicestershire lads Young Knives are a bit of an anomaly on the brit-pop scene – possessing neither preened, Paul Weller-esque insouciance nor (thankfully) the bratty impudence of The Gallaghers. And Ornaments From The Silver Arcade is a welcome addition to their remarkably stoic back catalogue. Opener ‘Love My Name’ lollops along in a hyperactive tangle of strutting, Pulp-y guitars and clipped English vocals. ‘Women’ announces itself in a haze of warm, parping horns and cheesy, calypso beats – summoning the image of your dad boogying at a wedding disco with Sufjan Stevens’ backing band. Dodgy dancing aside,this is a record of politely beguiling English indie, with just the right amount of quirk. Katherine Rodgers
KEY TRACKS: ‘LOVE MY NAME’, ‘WOMEN’, ‘SISTER FRIDESWIDE’.
FOR FANS OF: CLOR, THE CRIBS, ART BRUT.