Leeds Cockpit

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It’s a long way from Surrey to Saturn, but Nork Law are going the distance. Stuck in the Home Counties they’re dreaming of cosmic jazzateer [a]Sun Ra[/a] and casually casting their sonic net into difficult waters.

There are three of them playing bass, drums and keyboards; vocals are few and far between. They sit rapt, making space-age lounge music that meanders gracefully into something otherworldly. Occasionally, as on debut Shifty Disco single ‘Swings And Roundabouts’, you can hear echoes of John Barry film scores and The Doors’ dark atmospherics. It’s all played out in bizarre timescales, but never fails to captivate; Nork Law, then, is the rule that says you can make difficult, disorienting music without disappearing into that black hole marked ‘jazz hell’.

From difficult shapes to pure and simple pop, and labelmates Samurai Seven, whose singer Simon Williams is recovering from being shot in the eye with an airgun last month. An old Dr Hook cover might be a stab at irony, but there’s nothing pretentious about this Oxford/Harrow quartet. Instead, they’re all synchronised high kicks and power harmonies, with recent single ‘Xeroxy Music’ sounding like The Beach Boys playing Abba‘s ‘Mamma Mia’ in the style of The Buzzcocks.

Samurai Seven are the punk band you can take home to Mum; the scuzzy indie stars your kid sister can pin on her bedroom wall and adore. Quite possibly perfect, in other words.