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Common Tongues – Jumping Ships

May 15, 2011 by  

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Common Tongues  – Jumping Ships

NAME: Common Tongues
SINGLE: Jumping Ships
DATE: 23May2011

LABEL: Something Nothing Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Pure, joyous, English indie folk

LOCATION: Brighton, UK

LINE UP: Tom Anderson, Oli Hinkins, Andrew Stuart-Buttle, Dan Summers, James Drohan


WHAT’S THE STORY?: The Brighton music scene in the UK is as vibrant as ever and continuing to produce artists that are fresh and exciting. Indie folk quintet, Common Tongues, are no exception with a sound that is infectious, uplifting and simply pure joy. They release their debut single, ‘Jumping Ships’, on May 23rd to build on the already impressive response and acclaim received for their gigs and festival appearances over the last year and early 2011. The band was formed in the spring of 2010 by singer/guitarists Tom Anderson and Oli Hinkins, who grew up together among the reclusive rural delights of Cambridgeshire. Their mutual love of story telling songwriting is immediately obvious on the single, with its well crafted and expressive lyrics lying within emotion inducing music that is pleasantly accessible, but with its own sense of mischievousness.

‘Jumping Ships’ takes breath with stroking acoustic chords leading in and smooth, gently delivered vocals caressing the ear. Dual vocals and the expressive fiddle play of Andrew Stuart-Buttle glide in, swiftly to be followed by the bouncing rhythm section of Dan Summers and James Drohan as the chorus emerges and spreads its wings. The song maintains this enthralling feel of summer joy and at times brings memories of the soulful grooves of Dexy’s Midnight Runners as Stuart-Buttle swells the uplifting sound with his delightful skills. The harmonies, musically and vocally, are irrepressible and there is no denying their infectiousness.

The song ‘Life Of Me’ backs the lead track and continues the same irresistible sounds that fill the air. Though slightly slower in pace, the dynamics within the track still make it bounce along like a lazt summer day, full of satisfying harmonies, smiling melodies, and feel good pleasures. There is a feel of XTC about the track with its insightful lyrics and slight eccentric Englishness in the melodic construction of the sound, resulting in music that is a real joy. The two tracks combine to show these are musicians with the ability to create warm, intuitive, smiling tunes and make Common Tongues a band to look out for live and on future releases.

SOUNDS LIKE: Arcade Fire,XTC,Bon Iver,Eels and Jipsy Magic

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: Harmonies and melodies served with English insightfulness and passion is your Summer soundtrack.


Submitted By Pete RingMaster



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