My First Tooth – My First Tooth & the Rubies
Hmmm, I feel I should issue an Angst-Free Warning when reviewing this. It’s not saccharine by any stretch, but there is a carefree, whimsical side to their essentially acoustic pop which gives this an EP a cheerfully breezy air, even when the songs themselves are sad.
I’ve been sitting on this for ages trying to make up my mind whether or not that cheeriness was a little too much for me, but I don’t think it is. It’s taken me a while to adjust to the sound, but I like this EP, particularly the sprightly violin work, which is really nice. Oddly, they sound like a calmer version of Mumford & Sons at times, without the same sort of wild-eyed helter-skelter pace about them.
Songs like Honesty Honesty and Typewriters are sad little tales actually, but the music doesn’t let them become demoralising. As such it means that music doesn’t have a lot of edge, but that doesn’t seem to be the point of this – it’s just a laid back, enjoyable record with plenty of hooks and a really nice feel to it.
My First Tooth – Judge & Jury