There is a sublime essence to Tangerine the new single from UK rock pop band The Black Keys which continues to seduce long after the song has left the senses, a spellbinding breath that lingers as it engulfs thoughts and emotions. It is a potent weapon for any song to have and within a track as impressively sculpted as this from the London quintet it is a mesmeric enticement matching the equally riveting sounds.
Consisting of the elegant falsetto vocals of Nik Ledgard and the darker tones of Matt Lintott, the band instantly captures the imagination as the two balances and immerses their voices within a sound with more flavours and textures than one of the capital’s Michelin starred restaurants. The recipe is expanded by blues guitarist Mark Thorne (ex-Hares, Babeshadow), bassist Dave Wademan, and drummer Pete Bembridge, the five piece conjuring a presence and caress which leaves a hunger and lustful want for much more, certainly on the evidence of Tangerine.
The single tantalises from its opening note, the guitar teasing as it beckons the listener into an emerging stroll framed by sturdy rhythms and a great dark sexy bassline. The vocals instantly take a hold, both deliveries living up to the build-up on the accompanying promo sheet and then laying down an even greater persuasion as the song wraps its tender yet sinewy arms around ears and imagination. There is a definite Queens of the Stone Age feel to the song but also at certain moments it inspires thoughts of Spirits of the Dead and Beck amongst others within a sound ultimately unique to the band.
Tangerine is an exceptional seducing of the emotions from a band on a definite accelerated rise. With The Black Ink providing two songs for the soundtrack of new British comedy Almost Married which is due for release early 2014 and features Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners) and Philip McGinley (Game of Thrones, Prometheus), as well as the video for Tangerine to be on the credits of the film, this band is swiftly earning vibrant and keen attention from a great many which you suspect will continue for a long time to come.
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