Leftover Cuties: One Heart

One of the things I like about using Rdio is going through the new releases each week. Oftentimes, I’ll go through most albums methodically… but I can usually tell within a few seconds whether the album/artist is something I’d like or not. But when I find something I like, it’s always a delightful surprise – especially if the band name or the album cover isn’t what I expected it to be.

When looking at a band called Leftover Cuties, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. But the first song on their album caught my ear, and each subsequent song kept me listening.

It’s tricky to describe their sound – “throwback” isn’t the right word, but it’s the first word that comes to mind. There’s something about the bare snare drum, brassy horns, bar room piano, and especially the chord changes that make me think of songs from another time. Kind of a Prohibition-era version of Florence and the Machine, if that makes any sense.

So far, I’m liking a lot of the songs on their album The Spark & the Fire. Pretty certain I’ll be setting this album on loop for the next few days.

// Edit: I don’t know the musical term for it, but I like the key change that kicks in at 0:44. It happens throughout the song, and to great effect. I’m positive there’s some kind of term for this, but I for the life of me can’t recall what it is.

A Thousand Abandoned Hearts, Mostly Unbroken, Logan Square
Your Cold, Cold Heart

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