Teedo â€“ You Are My Girl / 2007 ICBM / 4 Tracks / http://www.teedomusic.com /
â€œYou Are My Girlâ€ is an EP that sets the stage for the bandâ€™s upcoming full length, which should be out before the end of 2008. The title track blends together a very â€œChina Girlâ€-era Bowie with a set of instruments that call together a rich array of influences. These influences include early nineties alternative rock, eighties â€œnew waveâ€ bands, and even a little bit of the instrumental side of the aforementioned Bowie. â€œYou Are My Girlâ€ has flashes of brilliance, but it still seems as if the band could reach another plateau. Perhaps the bandâ€™s second track on â€œYou Are My Girlâ€, â€œShut The Door On The Worldâ€ will be what brings them up further.
The haunting melodies broached during â€œShut The Door On The Worldâ€, calling forth a little bit of eighties-era Clash even as the vocals hop from Bowie to Lou Reed. The track has a melody that is even more catchy than â€œYou Are My Girlâ€, but it seems like the stuttering, stop-start approach to instrumentation hinders the act from grabbing the brass ring. The final new track is â€œKing of the Worldâ€, and it is around a minute longer than the next longest track. Despite this longer runtime, â€œKing of the Worldâ€ is the strongest track on this EP. This is because Teedo are able to create a dreamy, strung-out approach to rock that shows them at their strongest. Even the seventies, Frampton-esque sound that they achieve at points during â€œKing of the Worldâ€ works to create a sound that will resound in listenersâ€™ ears for months to come. I would really like to hear the bandâ€™s full length; I donâ€™t know exactly what they will be able to do, but at least it will be interesting to see them do it.
Top Track: King of the World