Sometimes it’s funny the way in which an album finds you. I’m not sure I would have ever checked out Husky were it not for the news that they were opening for Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Now of course they are no longer doing that – for the NZ shows – but their replacement is The Drones (in all likelihood a better fit for the bill). But I received the Husky album – released in 2011 – because the band was due to tour here and make a bit of a splash. I hope they make it here one day, I really like their album, Forever So.
It’s probably edging towards a lot of music I don’t like, but manages to stay at the end of the spectrum I find acceptable (The Shins, Elbow) and occasionally brilliant. It never goes too far towards the Keane/Coldplay end of things – but I can imagine that fans of those bands would also dig this.
The Melbourne-based combo has been signed to Subpop in the US; an interesting move and one that sees them, hopefully, moving closer to The Shins in sound/feel/dynamic and further still from the Keane/Coldplay end of the line.
Instantly I like the voice, not something that happens for me all that often with this sort of indie-pop, it’s not the wispy, few, effeminate voice of a model/actor/singer; it’s the sound of a person who can sing. Good songs too. Would seem obvious to say were it not for the fact that so few albums contain a full run of strong songs; there is no filler here, it’s tight, controlled. And it’s good.
Nothing feels fraudulent about this. I get that it might not be the cup of tea of everyone (what music is, after all?) But it was simply a nice surprise. Often you get a message saying the CD of an opening act will be sent through and you all but shudder, if you can even summon a response. But I’ve been playing this for a week or so now, almost every day, and I really like it. Still. It’s charming, inoffensive and well-mannered. Usually I would see those things are all mild turn-offs; this time it just seemed to click.
So I’m kinda bummed out that I won’t get to see them play live – but you can’t complain when The Drones are on the bill. As I say, a better fit most likely.
Best of luck to Husky then. And please come visit sometime.