Crooked Teeth – Mirrors
Louder than War’s Ioan Humphreys has a listen to some brand new electronica from London’s Crooked Teeth
Having played in several bands in Glasgow, Crooked Teeth’s Rob and Jo moved to London separately where bizarrely a chance re-encounter on the streets would lead to the formation of Crooked Teeth. With friend Sam on guitars and two years and numerous gigs later, their sound has evolved. Recorded, mixed and produced by Jo in his warehouse studio in Manor House, the track captures the uniquely fragmented and cacophonous nature of modern life with its multitudinous anxieties. Utilising analogue electronics and guitar-driven psych pop in equal measure, Crooked Teeth go one step further than that. In their studiously well-crafted noise pop experiments they’ve found something infectiously listenable and free too.
Right from the gorgeous opening electronica throb, you know you are in for something very special here. Memories of early Depeche Mode are immediately invoked. And as soon the laid back Bernard Sumner-esque vocals come in, you know you are listening to classic British electronic music with an edge.
There is a nice distortion over the throb that gives the track layers to the sound. There is a gentle impasse two thirds through, until the sound is ramped up and the romantic refrain of “you’ll be like no-one else” takes you through to the cacophonic, yet gentle end.
This is good pop music and a promising debut from Crooked Teeth. I find they have a very British sound with definite Depeche Mode, Electronic and New Order influences because of the guitar lines that intermingle with the sublime synth. Nice stuff from Crooked Teeth. Cracking name too!