Sunday, 8 July 2012

Den Svenska by Hilary and The Democrats

Den Svenska EP

Despite the title, Hillary And The Democrats are a four-piece from Liverpool; although there is a certain Nordic pop element in the mould of The Cardigans in evidence from the opening bars of the bouncy, jaunty opening track, Let’s Play Kubb.

Harry Nilsson has a playful almost Beach Boys swagger to it, while Vinaigrette moulds wilfully awkward lyrics and lovely bright guitar sounds to create a skilful, soaring, melodic, modern Mersey Beat track.

The EP closes in confident mood with Excuses, Excuses; if there was to be a soundtrack to summer 2012- should it ever arrive- these guys would be in the running for a place on it. Yes they’re a bit geeky and ever so cheerful, but this is the time and place for that, even if we haven’t got the weather for it!

Matt Rhodie

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