With the recent release of their first EP, Nighthawks, Maglia Rosa Group have put forth a collection of gems, which shows the coming together of some of my favourite features of some of my favourite music. Top of the list comes their use of the kind of melodic dissonance found in Sonic Youth’s more laid-back tracks (see also Placebo and the heart-rending guitar work on ‘So Real’ by Jeff Buckley). One of my favourite tracks off the EP which demonstrates this brilliantly is ‘Blood Orange’, but then again the dark ‘Fallen Daughter’ is equally enthralling.
It isn’t all mellow, dissonant guitar-work though, as the occasional upbeat indie riff gets your feet tapping and adds the necessary variety to the band’s work. This is at its clearest on title track ‘Nighthawks’, which ensures the EP starts on a high.
Of course, none of this would be complete without lead-singer Daisy’s fantastic, rich vocals which at their heights manage to remind me of Kate Bush. Meanwhile the fusion between her more classical singing style and the instrumental style I’ve mentioned above has hints of Wild Beasts but, in my opinion, is carried off far better. For those who haven’t heard Wild Beasts before, Daisy’s vocals may take getting used to, but you’ll be repaid 10-fold for the little effort put in: the vocal lines hold the rest of the music together beautifully while giving it an extra sense of myth and magic. And, let’s face it, it’s just great hearing another strong female vocalist – I still don’t think there are enough of them on the scene, even with superstars Florence and Lana Del Rey giving plenty of inspiration.
In a word, Maglia Rosa Group’s music all comes together brilliantly – it’s fresh, captivating and bursting with the band’s talent. What’s more, I have a hunch from what I can glean of the band’s general aesthetic that they’ll be a treat to see live.
See Maglia Rosa Group’s Soundcloud page where this compelling EP and a selection of their equally good previous recordings make up a musical treasure trove. Maglia Rosa Group are: siblings Daisy and Sam Lawrence (vocals, guitar, synth-organ/piano and the occasional flute); Owen Cox on drums and Matt Gadd on bass.
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