It’s always baffling to hear people say that there’s no good music around these days before the citations of 70s rock and soul and 80s synthpop come burrowing out – although my favourite band is The Clash but that’s because it was my first album. I have a similar affection for renaissance and Victorian literature and despite many years with a book on my face, I still have to admit that contemporary literature took the art form to new heights (except Harry Potter, Twilight and similarly hopeless words only fit for kindling). I can only put these claims of “no good new music” down to lack of time in searching for the precious gold (not that it’s particularly difficult) or lack of money to go into a record store and just buy some random tunes you’ve never heard of – but you could just rummage around YouTube, Spotify and many other music outlets.
But you’ve been let off the hook this time because RCC bring you Kissed Her Little Sister – the brainchild behind Jeffrey Morisano who’s been making lo-fi electronic folk in his Californian bedroom. I’ve been meaning to share something a bit different – as it’s all been chillwave, folk or lo-fi recently (basically sleepy music) – but KHLS had to be put out there. Oh, and guess what! His latest LP Sailor is free to download so you literally have no excuses.
It begins with an instrumental intro before ‘In A Field (Field Spiritual)’ kicks things off with some lo-fi folk with vocals that remind us of Neutral Milk Hotel. ‘That Was Only Wasting Time’ has this lovely blues intro that lures you in but it doesn’t continue, and while the world doesn’t get enough blues, it does go into an indie-flecked number held together mainly by a drum loop and vocals. But if you did really like the intro, it does end with some more blues. Not enough for you? Well there’s more saxophone action in the following track ‘I Ain’t Got A Friend’.
The whole album rumbles along with ease and poise constantly reminding us of the heady days of adolescence. And you feel as though it’s leading up to something and you’d be right in thinking so because the final gem, ‘Catfish’, is nearly ten minutes long. It begins with enough distortion to disrupt the San Andreas Fault (careful Jeff) but the tune isn’t really that different from the rest of the album. It has slightly more progression, more colour in the vocals and a more nostalgic texture but essentially, it just feels like one of those sounds that could be a soundtrack to any finale be it a KHLS gig, a frivolous night at the beach with beer and friends or in this case, a fantastically expressive album.
And if you do like Sailor, then you can also download his debut LP High & Low for free. Literally no excuses.