Keith John Adams
"This is a Six Track EP" 7"
Genres: indie pop
5 Hamilton House
26 Aldis St.
London SW17 0SA
Oct 4 - 10 2004
Off all the bedroom-trained indie poppers out there, I find Keith
John Adams to be one of the most consistently excellent. He
is an incredible songwriter, able to create melodic, memorable tunes
with a Pollard-esque fluency. But his infectious, often
absurdist style is distinctly his own. "Inconsequential
Thought," though cheerily infectious (dig those toy melodies), is
most enjoyable due to its goofiness - the song structure is
elaborately playful, and the lyrics are sweet and particularly
clever. "Weather" and "Find a Body" are less successful, but
also share a simple charm that combines Beefheart-esque
creativity with Malkmus-calibre hooks. On the record's
other side, "Never Look Down" uses a jumpy "Beat"
sound snatched straight
from The British Invasion, "In Love" is a folky love song in the
realm of The Kinks and Simon and Garfunkel, and
"Sex Pest" finishes the adventure off in wonky psych-pop
territory. Keith is correct when he calls this a Six
Track EP, but what he neglects to mention is that it's a dang fine
one. You'll play this sucker until the grooves are worn out.
6 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2004]