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A talented artist's promising debut
on 13 July 2013
I confess, I was already something of an avid fan of Liverpool's modern-day mod Miles Kane before this release, and had enjoyed his work with his band The Rascals, as well as the stunning collaborations with long-time friend and fellow cool man Alex Tuner. Miles has a great new single 'Don't Forget Who You Are' out, which is taken from his second album of the same name, and it looks set to become the anthem of my Summer.
I bought the new album immediately, and I do really like it all, but my favourite Miles record remains his 2011 debut 'Colour Of The Trap'. As soon as I gave this beauty a few spins for the first time, I had found myself a new favourite artist. Like I said, I loved the sound of The Rascals and The Last Shadow Puppets with Turner, but I enjoy Miles' solo stuff more.
'Colour of the Trap' is filled with catchy, feel-good songs with a deliberate retro 1960s feel. My personal favourites are the singles 'Come Closer' and 'Inhaler', 'Rearrange', and 'Take The Night From Me' and 'My Fantasy' (which features 'Noel Gallagher). There is currently some rather brilliant new music riding high in the UK charts, and I think that Miles is definitely one of the best solo acts at the moment. This excellent debut album, proving that indie-rock is still truly alive and well, remains one of the strongest British albums I've heard in a long time.
Most of all, as well as his singing and distinctive voice, 'Color Of The Trap' showcases Miles' talent as a songwriter. Though half of these tracks were co-written with the help of Alex Turner, he is clearly able to pen upbeat tracks ('Rearrange', which he wrote on his own, and 'Come Closer' are cool and instantly catchy) as well as songs which are slow and relaxing (the best example of this the dreamy and beautiful 'Take This Night From Me', which was penned with Andrew Sweeney), despite the difference in style, all of them are equally playable. Miles also has one cool look going on also, and the CD's booklet contains some fine, stylish photographs of this handsome chap.
I highly recommend both 'Colour Of The Trap', and 'Don't Forget Who You Are' for fans of the British indie-rock sound, and admirers of proper musicians. Roll on album number three...