Kitty, Daisy and Lewis are two sisters and a brother, all of whom write, sing and play a bunch of interchangeable instruments.
The sound they make is homespun, unpretentious and breezily uplifting.
Having lashed out and upgraded to 16 track analogue, these London siblings have stepped their sound up from lo-fi to, well, still lo-fi but with a few extra fiddly bits.
They’ve even brought in a producer, the legendary Mick Jones of the Clash, who adds just a touch of outsider experience, but, all up, the sound is really what you’d expect from this charming, quirky outfit.
With just a few extra twiddly bits - like the Doris Day strings on Baby Bye Bye and the rollicking brass flourishes that pop in now and again throughout the album.
There are some interesting sidesteps that you wouldn’t expect from these guys, however, which gives The Third an aura of having developed their sound, without losing their core innocence.
No Action, for example, begins as an AOR piano ballad then turns into a clavinet driven disco/funk exercise, while Never Get Back stands sparsely on lone strummed electric guitar for ages before the whole caboodle kicks in. Nothing fancy, but there’s definitely an eye to increasing the palette.
A delightful mix of blues, swing, rock’n’roll, and jump via the beaches of Hawaii, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis create a consistently tuneful sound that tugs heartily at your smile muscles.
Slicked back and stripped down with a smattering of horns and strings to round off the jagged edges, The Third is a strutting little swinger of an album.
Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.