Sometimes it feels as if I am the only person of my age that prefers older music – or current music that sounds older – to contemporary hits. For instance, here is a group from Oxford, The Graceful Slicks, influenced by neo-psychedelia and shoegaze of the 60s. A collaboration of Alex Abbott, Lewis Burke, Stephen Cain, Patch Coole and Chris Davies, these guys are quoted as being “what happens when parents subject their kids at a young age to their old record collection” and when you give them a listen, you will know exactly what that statement means. If The Graceful Slicks were to be compared to a more recent band, the safest option would be to call them the lovechild of Doves, a similarly mellow and intricate band, and The Rapture, for their slightly harsher vocals.
With songs such as Bul Bul Tarang and Fire, which take their time in introducing their lyrics, without leaving the listener impatient, The Graceful Slicks’ EP is something to keep an eye (or perhaps ear) out for. You can download their some of their current tracks for free from of their MySpace page, which is something I would highly recommend. If these tunes leave you eager for more, check out the group’s live shows in their native Oxford and London throughout 2011.