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It's Jo And Danny: London Camden Dingwalls
Don't be fooled, for this beat-folk duo's unassuming exterior belies a fierce eclecticism...
Surprisingly perhaps, It's Jo And Danny fare best when they stray furthest from the folk pop straightjacket. 'Arkle', a simmering instrumental shuffle incorporating drum machines and sequencers, evokes the spirit of The Beta Band at their most gleefully exuberant. Slow-burning soul epic 'Love Expression' gushes with a bittersweet reverie, Jo's wispy inflection bolstered by the rhythmic clarity of Danny's slab bass-lines. 'Ones With Open Mouths', meanwhile, is a deliciously lilting swoon which betrays the bands fondness for pastoral '60s melancholia.
Only occasionally do the abstract collages and bohemian modernity of debut album 'Lank Haired Boy To Bearded Boy' lose something in translation, too subtle and intricate for the unforgiving glare of the live setting. But such trifles are cast aside by the warm-blooded urban resonance of the music on display. Eschewing stifling folk convention, It's Jo And Danny don't so much tamper with the formula as sneak up on it from behind and administer a sly right hook. Contemporary, yet reassuringly timeless at the same time.
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