Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Gypsy and the Cat - The Piper's Song

Get past the slightly odd name (apparently taken from an old childrens book) and you will unearth an absolute treasure: this duo originating from Melbourne (though now living in London).

Their music is a happy, fresh mix of synthesised and acoustic instruments, sounding like a folk-pop Empire of the Sun or MGMT.  Equal parts retro and contemporary, their influences range from 70s and 80s pop to modern dance music.  This song in particular has more than a passing resemblance to Toto's Africa but with a contemporary twist.  It's instantly catchy with gentle guitar riffs, falsetto vocals, anthemic chorus and excellent production (all done in an Australian garage) - truly halcyonic.

This is the perfect summer antidote to your snowy, winter blues and will undoubtedly put a smile on your face.  

From the album Gilgamesh (pictured) released next week.