The Tim and Sam Band (Static Caravan) 21/06/09

June 19, 2009 by  

Tim and Sam

On paper The Tim and Sam Band are as twee as you like, that despicable genre of music that’s floaty light and intended for listening on balmy days lying in fields surrounded by bunnies and daisies. Well the truth is lying in grass is itchy, rabbits are best in pies, and twee music is always bollockyshite.

If their sunny disposition wasn’t enough to rile your cynicism, then their band name is certain to get you bristling: “The Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam band with Tim and Sam”. It’s not only that it’s a mouthful, but it’s a mouthful of twee, and to top it all, turns out Sam doesn’t even exist. Their name is bloody daft and purposely awkward and for that Tim deserves a knuckle sandwich right on the snozz.

TTASTATSBWTAS make sunny instrumental folk tracks, and ‘Summer Solstice’ is a single release on Static Caravan, also home to noodlers Tunng. The solstice (the longest day of the year) coincides with the day of the release. You can see what they did there.

I’ve set myself up to loathe them absolutely, but then half way through ‘Summer Solstice’ my head is wobbling jauntily and my sceptical streak is wavering uncertainly. There’s a lush clover of strings and the tug of a gentle horn section. It’s all a bit bloody nice. There are delicate string arrangements. The whole thing reeks of village fêtes and cream scones.

Second track ‘Rolling Hills’ is all kinds of beautiful, and the one I like the most. It’s the sort of song that has you all misty eyed and nostalgic for your childhood. Final track ‘One Day Like This’, an admirable Elbow cover from their Mercurial album The Seldom Seen Kid, is a whirlpool of steel strings, woodwind and brass, pleasing enough, but a bit wet nonetheless.

The Tim and Sam Band are old fashioned chirpy rascals, with a naive positivity that gilds their music. ‘Summer Solstice’ is a Sunday morning with runny yolks and soldiers and cups of tea in bed, and all delivered by the hand of one you love. If you need some musical nourishment, this’ll surely do.

[rating:3]

By Hannah Lanfear


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