Review By: Damian Robinson
Band/Artist: Cherry Head, Cherry Heart
Album/Single Name: Tarred & Feathered
The new album from eclectic Teesside alt-pop duo Cherry Head, Cherry Heart took about three years to write and piece together - a fact that meant its creation was designed in stages and inspiration drawn from a collection of places rather than a single focus.
Perhaps it's this diversity of influences which gives the record, purposefully, a mixture in sound that spans several musical styles including gospel, acoustic, pop and soul.
Heavily designed as a concept album, though not formally presented as one, the record follows a couple as they travel across Europe - initially running away from something before eventually finding contentment in themselves.
Interestingly, tracks produced later in the albums creation provide subtle themes about the refugee crisis - offering a sense of how it feels like to be unwanted or displaced. As has been a constant in the duo’s career, intelligent lyrics provide both wit and thought provocation. Though never overtly political or judgemental, their thematic and metaphoric approach becomes an important part in joining the record together; especially with the changing sounds of each track which alter from early indie in sound right through to synthesised pop.
The final combination of the mixed sounds and the constant narration theme give the record a very modern feel both in its concept and sound. Cherry Head, Cherry Heart may have taken three years on this, but it's been well worth the effort. It’s both thought-provoking and fun at the same time.
For further information about the album, and to purchase a copy, head to cherryheadcherryheart.com.