Fronted by Paul Infanti, once of the excellent Treebound Story with another Sheffield big hitter Richard Hawley, Cuckoo Clocks are far from a one man team with the excellent DJ/Producer Sophie Toes on board plus Human Leaguer Nicky Burke on bass this sextet produces a wondrous sound from bygone days.
Just calling the album easy listening feel good music would be lazy, though at times it is both those things, it’s much more than that, with intelligent lyrics and many delightfully understated soundscapes produced by the likes of subtle slide guitar, tinkling keys, brushed percussion and vocal harmonies.
The opening track Odd Per Clock has a metronomic xylophonic beat that Pauls soft vocals sit perfectly atop. Although the vocals on a couple of tracks seem a little forced, with twelve songs on this bumper long player there are enough jewels to go round such as Mums On Coke, a sad poignant tale “knows where it’s gonna lead, when want, becomes a need” and Time Doesn’t Matter, which has a delicate melody and nicks a verse from Blue Moon. Ward 9 is perhaps the quirkiest track, with a kazoo for intro and telling the tale of how babies communicate with each other from within the womb of pregnant ladies on Ward 9. Good Bye is appropriately the closer with echoes of the legendary Harry Nilsson in Paul’s vocals.
Overall a first class debut album and highly recommended.
Upcoming Gigs :
27th June 2012, Album Launch @ Lantern Theatre, Sheffield
22nd July 2012, Tramlines Festival @ City Hall BallroomHall Ballroom SheffieldH