Voxtrot - Mothers Sisters Daughters And Wives (Player)
UK release date: 25 September 2006
"When you look at me do you see someone with a future?" intones Voxtrot vocalist Ramesh Srivastava at the end of Fast Asleep. Well, although my gaze has never fallen upon the band, I have been listening to Voxtrot for the last few days relentlessly, and all I can say is that Srivastava and his band should have one hell of a future ahead of them.
The five tracks on Mothers, Sisters, Daughters And Wives showcase a band who can call upon any number of influences and make them their own.
Here we have five songs, each of which is a fully realised gem. Srivastava's voice initially appears to be the driving force, effortlessly driving the melodies forward. As the songs open out to explore new territory, the ability of the band to force these melodies through changes of pace and mood is simply astounding. Not content with a simple verse/chorus set up, these are songs are full of invention pulling the listener through wave after wave of perfectly orchestrated pop barbs.
Rise Up In The Dirt illustrates what it is that this band do so well. Opening with a pounding piano that threatens to crush Srivastava's voice under its weight, things change dramatically once you get to the chorus. The mood changes entirely as a string section builds a swell and the piano chimes in a jubilant manner helping the chorus to soar elegantly. It's a simple trick, but it's one that Voxtrot excel at.
This is a band with a future; make sure that you're there at the beginning.