- Artist: Kindness of Strangers
- Format: CD
- Release Date:11/4/2008
Heres the review Beat mag (Melbourne) did for our latest e.p........... THE Kindness of Strangers There Somewhere (Independent) 'There's a big buzz surrounding folky four-piece The Kindness Of Stangers, and deservedly so. This second EP doesn't disappoint - it's full of haunting melodies and slow-burning insidious songs that burrow their way under the skin. In the sparse low-key set of five songs, clocking in at about 18 minutes, Brigitte Jean Allen and David Killin sing about the fracture lines in love, the moments of epiphany when love appears or fades to grey. Brigitte has a tremulous Kate Bush catch in her voice on the shimmering opener Serious Conversation, which lays bare a floundering love affair after "A second's thrill for the hours of hurt". The Storm is a moody chamber piece, with Brigitte and David's voices combining beautifully to portray a disconnection between a woman ("Please come down") and her lover ("I don't think I can come down"). The Nick Drake-inspired ballad When The Evidence Is Found benefits from a sparing use of the flute, while on the bass-driven title track, plaintive shards of mandolin slowly build into Brigitte's controlled rage ("Surely there's some sweetness left in amongst all this bitterness"). And the exquisitely upbeat Vampire III features David back on vocals over a plucked ukulele. The Kindness of Strangers' lyrics are at times elusive, at times deceptively simple, but always distinguished by a strange stilted old-fashioned language, like bookish teenagers emerging blinking into the light of adult emotions and trying out words for the first time: witness "Tomorrow I'll be free to touch your sexuality/To have you adhere to me" and "Your voice sounded like rain". The guys are clearly in full control of their image - the self-produced EP continues the gorgeously naïve Little Prince-inspired sleeve artwork from Ampersand & Ampersand. It takes an effort to remember this preternaturally accomplished band is from the relative folk backwater of Brisbane; a cursory listen would suggest Celtic or Cornish roots. A big, big future awaits.' ALEXANDER MAXWELL (BEAT).