Their most diverse, beguiling and impressive release to date...
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third

After the slightly flimsy pastiche of their debut, Durham siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (Durham being their surname, not where they hail from) struck gold with 2011’s gloriously effervescent ‘Smoking In Heaven’.

The formula – glorious melodies, a rhythm section that can really swing and a flagrant disregard for genre boundaries – remains intact for this not especially cryptically titled third offering. Having loved their early releases, Mick Jones takes on production duties for these 12 sparkling songs.

The all-out ska of ‘Turkish Delight’ possesses such gusto that it feels as if you are on the receiving end of a personal live performance, while the vintage disco strut of ‘Feeling Of Wonder’, with a guest performance from Jones, is a particular highlight.

They switch eras as often as they swap their instruments, and yet consistently manage to deliver. As much this music may owe a debt to the past, it sounds vibrantly, emphatically current – a result of the trio’s magical performances.

Having built their own 16-track analogue studio in Camden, ‘…The Third’ was created on their own terms. It is an unequivocal triumph, standing boldly as their most diverse, beguiling and impressive release to date.

8/10

Words: Gareth James

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