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.
Words: Gareth James
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