25 August 2011

Algernon Cadwallader - demo (Be Happy, 2006)

Of course it sounds a lot like Joan of Arc, American Football or Cap’n Jazz. More dynamic and rapid than American Football – but definitely similar -, more melodic and joyful than (early) Joan of Arc and more refined than Cap’n Jazz. If fact, Algernon Cadwallader sounds like Algernon Cadwallader and never try to go out of this triangle.

There are two guitarists, a bassist, who’s also the singer – very Kinsella-esque -, and a drummer. They are from Philadelphia and their songs are terribly exciting, amazing, energetic, emotional and intricate.

They are not followers; they sound as good as the originals with a personal touch. In 2007, no one anywhere can compete with them in that style of music.

Surprisingly in 2011, these demo tracks released as a 7inch haven’t lost their efficiency and au contraire their “indie” value is just more palpable and they never were a flash in the pan.  And like Empire, Empire, they have more depth and legitimacy than you could think at first. These four songs are simply delicious, maybe unimportant but such pleasures are essential for a happy life.


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