This New Zealand-based group - songwriter Andrew London on vocals and vintage archtop guitar, with his wife, Kirsten, on bass and Nils Olsen playing reeds and flute - knows how to turn on the charm. Their sound sticks to the playful, breezy blues, pop, jazz and country of pre-1940 America. London's blithely nonchalant singing delivery reaches high levels of poise and affability while imparting witty lyrics that would draw quiet laughs of agreement from Mose Allisonand Dave Frishberg. With tongue firmly lodged in cheek. London fesses up to all sorts of things, delivering the engaging blues for which the album is named.
Andrew London: guitar Nils Olsen: sax, clarinet, flute Kirsten London: bass
A cryptic description would be "acoustic swing". But it covers quite a lot of musical landscapes. There's the fun and sophistication of a Noel Coward, the stealth of a Dave Frishberg or Tom Lehrer, and free-range melodies so natural they come with their their own SatNav. Let's face it, whoever can come up with a sneaky, acceptable rhyme for "Sumatra" has every right to sit at the top table.'
Website : www.andrewlondon.co.nz