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|Acoustic/alternative is how Tinpots are described on their Myspace page - that just about sums them up!!
Tinpots are a transient collective based around the writings of Philip Davis; from solo to multi-musician, Tinpots alter their number to suit the song and it's requirements. Everything just so, everything crafted and executed with precision, understanding and breathtaking attention to detail.
The inherent transience of the Tinpots organisation ensure nothing is over-cooked and Davis' beautiful songs are allowed to stand proudly at the heart of the Tinpots ethos. Quite right too; Tinpots songs are beautifully and lovingly created and Tinpots ability to make the most of each song is inspired. With a great mixture of styles and emotions 'Softhead' is positively alive with charm and sensitivity.
Tinpots' 'Softhead' caresses the heart and feeds the soul - nothing here is likely to cause tension or put the listener on edge. Mixed and recorded with complete empathy for the sentiment therein, 'Softhead' is a breath of fresh air just when you're most needing it. Davis' songs are luscious and poetic and Tinpots eke the most out of each work by their fine attention to detail and consummate professionalism. 'Softhead' is an album of reflection and emotion; a gentle and classy work but one that's quite hard to pigeonhole. Certainly, Tinpots 'cross-over' from just pure acoustic to blur the normal territorial boundaries of modern music but retain an heavy element of nu-folk that borders on intelligent pop for the mature and discerning ear.
Beguiling to the point of becoming bewitching, 'Softhead' by Tinpots is overflowing with superior musicianship and creativity and an absolute pleasure to behold.
|I’ve said it many times before and no doubt I’ll say it again many more, I’m an absolute sucker for well crafted pop music and especially pop music with boy/girl vocals. With that said i’m happy to talk about the latest release from the unsigned London beauties Tinpots and their album Softhead.
The opener ‘Softhead’ is just one of the songs that it’s impossible to listen to without the end result being an achey face from smiling ridiculously. The vocals and trumpets combine perfectly together to create a wonderfully twee song. That song featured only the female vocals of the band whereas track two ‘Take Them In’ brings in some of the bands male vocals which together work really well. That’s not say songs that seem to feature one voice more prominently like ‘Gunfire’ and ‘Sit On The Hill’ work less well but what I really like about these guys is that group vocal dynamic which really adds to the prettiness of the whole thing.
They almost sound a bit like Belle and Sebastian at times with the instrumentation, namely the trumpet, which has to be a good thing!
Sometimes when I listen to good bands I can imagine myself sitting in a field with my friends at a festival watching them play and I totally get that same feeling with this band. With the Tinpots I can imagine them playing the lake stage at Latitude or some quirky cafe at Glastonbury and I guess that’s got to mean something.
If someone doesn’t sign you I’m gonna make a record label and sign you myself.
Oliver Primus The 405
|Softhead, the latest offering from London based singer-songwriter Philip Davis, is a lazy stroll through a meadow of lively beats and sweet melodies. Mostly memorable and instantly loveable, the 14 songs are fresh, meaningful and frankly, lovely. My Mum would love this.
Standout tunes range from the big band brassy sound of ‘Coincidental Song’, to the delicate folkish ‘Gunfire’. Vocal harmonies and a wide range of instruments including brass, bass clarinet, strings and keys are a constant factor in Tinpot’s music.
Top tunes, nicely recorded. Harmless brilliance.
|Excellent indie-pop featuring Becky Found’s oh-so-sweet voice. If you like a natural midpoint between the laid back sounds of Gravenhurst and Cherryade Records more whimsy acts.|
SOUNDS LIKE? Pop goes pastel! Which means that fans of Hefner will be delighted, in a suitably low-key way.
IS IT ANY GOOD? Actually, it is. Mainly because Tinpots is/are the brain-brat of a singer-songwriter who actually has the smidgeon of self-awareness that so many of them lack. This is why Philip Davis has sensibly wrapped himself and his songs with the flesh, annoyance, input and output of nine other people, Tinpots all, apparently. This is why we get cheerfully jazzy trumpets and vaguely latino percussion squalls. By far the best track is "Don't Tell me Anything", sound advice as well as something sufficiently sleazy to sit cockily on the Stones "Black & Blue" album, it's all about the piano, honest.
WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? Stamp on that dangerous self-awareness with some scriptural homily, about geese, probably.