SINGLE REVIEW: Uncle Buzzard – ‘Hotel Room’


I wasn’t sure about this the first time I listened to it, but I took another listen, and boy was I glad I did. I completely misjudged it, I just hadn’t got it the first time I listened to at all.

The problem is that the first time I heard it I took it as a fairly standard piece of indie-pop with something of an indie-rock edge. But what I hadn’t heard that time – I was just not listening properly – was that’s all off-kilter and warped. Delightfully off-kilter and warped. And it’s lush, it drips lushness, it’s all smooth kinda 80s’ sounds in places.

And those things make it one great track. It’s a lovely thing. This isn’t on face value my kind of thing, but this great.

So it starts all sparse, and gradually it builds, with those warped and off-kilter things going on, with the smoothest keyboards I’ve heard in a long time, and then it explodes into a rocky section. And then that smooth smooth sound returns, it does that quiet loud thing, get the picture. So the arrangement is a fab thing but there are certain things that stand out – like a rather fab vocal, and a bendy bassline. And of course the keyboards.

What that makes isn’t what I thought it was – a standard piece of indie-pop with something of an indie-rock edge – but something I can’t quite put my finger on at all. I mean sure there is something of an indie-pop thing, something of an indie-rock thing, but it’s the addition of those lush 80s’ sounds and that off-kilter sounds that throw that. Look go make up your own mind, I love it but listen and make your own mind up. It may take a couple of listens to get it, but it’s one of these tracks that grows on you. And once it’s there, you just can’t get it out of your head.