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Reviews

Music round-up: October 2011

George Luke

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This autumn sees the return of Californian rockers Switchfoot. So far, I've only heard half of their new album, Vice Verses, but have no real reason to believe that the other half won't be just as captivating. There's already been a good response to the first couple of singles taken from the new album - the Kravitz-esque 'Dark Horses' and the plaintive 'Restless'.
 
On to another band with the word 'foot' in their name, but a lot prettier to look at than Jon Foreman & Co. Sugarfoot (formerly called Brown:Music) are twin sisters Loretta Fenton and Natasha Andrews, plus guitarist Johann Ting. Last seen in public supporting Take That, Sugarfoot cook up a seductive, sweet, soulful sound. They have just launched a five-track EP called Taste, ahead of a full album expected sometime in 2012.
 
Whileworking on his own album (see main review above), Femi Temowo also lent singer-songwriter and fellow Nigerian Lanré (pictured) a hand recording her debut, Pen Voyage Chapter 1: Singing for Change. Lanré is quite the storyteller, and her folksy style has already led to one Nigerian tabloid newspaper hailing her as a rival to Asa. Tabloid hacks - they're always going round starting fights…
 
Kite, the debut album from rising folk duo Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell, has what I can only describe as a cute quaintness about it. Produced by Adrian McNally (pianist, producer and arranger for the Unthanks), it's quirky and very easy on the ear. Jonny and Lucy come across like an old married couple - in the nicest possible way, of course.

George Luke