The Keys : Gurl Next Door

The Keys : Gurl Next Door

...a harmony-laden pop jewel...

Matthew Evans & Gwion Rowlands’ previous group, Murry The Hump, were an outfit people were embarrassed to admit to liking simply on account of their name. Now the duo have returned to the fray with a much more sensible moniker and a harmony-laden pop jewel that provides a welcome ray of sunshine at this trying time of year.

Wales’ obsession with the [a]Beach Boys[/a] (SFA, Gorkys, The Manics on ‘So Why So Sad’) shows no sign of waning; this is SO Brian Wilson – right down to the chinky-chink of swimming pool sleighbells – that it’d be no surprise if they went totally mental, grew huge beards and made the next record in a sandpit.

Alan Woodhouse