Toronto duo Russ Davidson and Ryan Kennedy take their best stab at Phil Spector’s wall of sound here, building their way towards a post-modern pop remodelling of the Everly Brothers, Jesus and the Mary Chain and Sigur Ros. Their forthcoming EP Kings English was mixed by Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, French Kicks).
Normally when there is a huge amount of hype surrounding something and people proceed to go absolutely crazy for it, I tend to steer clear. I can’t help it: it’s just an automatic reaction. Only when there’s a consistent stream of praise over time will I begin to investigate. But with The Walkmen’s new album, You & Me, I gave in a little quicker than usual…and I’m glad I did because it’s not what I expected at all. Though the band doesn’t bear much resemblance to The National, the feel of this album reminds me of The Boxer in several ways and I can see it enjoying a similar success in winning people’s hearts. (more…)