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Kitty Daisy and Lewis – Smoking In Heaven

Lisa Bentley


Kitty Daisy and Lewis returned this week with their second studio album Smoking In Heaven. The 13 track album was rife with their trademark rockabilly epoch imitative sound.  The family trio who are known for using vintage recording equipment have really created something rather delightful.

With a rather curious style which I can only manage to describe as London sound – meets indie pop – via the 1950s after a quick stop at Amy Winehouse’s for a cup of tea (it is just that eclectic) you are constantly surprised by each track.  The band are not performing the pastiche for a nice soiree into the past, they genuinely are creating music that they love and for others to love with this sound being their subconscious choice.

Certain songs briefly hinted of Razorlight and The Kooks debut albums – guitar riffs and at times backing vocals – but then those whiffs of indie are scuppered and put to the back of your mind by some truly glorious vocals.  There is hesitancy, no wailing or curling of notes just good old fashioned soul.  Simple story telling through song.  Songs such as Messing With My Life, Paan Boogie Jam, I’m So Sorry and Sorry You’ll Be Mine stand out on the album with their demonstrable era fashion.

As a total package the album does feel out of place on CD or mp3, with its retro qualities it should be accompanied with the crackle of a needle on vinyl.  Personally the downsides to the album are the length of tracks and the overuse of instrumentals.  With the style of music this band are creating – a style that could easily be disguised in a 1950s record collection the duration of tracks gives them away and at times that is due to the lengthy instrumentals that whilst certainly display the bands capability and musicianship often becomes tedious and detracts from the overall joy of the album. Whilst this is not the most contemporary of sounds and styles present in the current charts there is certainly a place for this album in your collection.