Standard Fare – The Noyelle Beat

January 01, 1970

(Bar/None)

 

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Call
it confessional post-punk. Standard Fare, a trio out of Sheffield UK,
matches twitchy jangle pop to defiantly cheerful rants on love gone awry. Emma
Kupa, who takes the mic on the majority of these tracks, has a perky, sharp
voice, full of gulps and hitches and sudden confidences. She’s bothered but not
broken by cross-Atlantic affairs, exes, friends in trouble and one near
dalliance with a minor. Charmingly self-absorbed, she gets off one of The Noyelle Beat‘s best lines when she
frets about climate change in “Philadelphia.”
“Global warming is getting me down,” she confides, but not for the reason you
think. “It’s making the sea between us wider and deeper.” She’s also in top
form on “Fifteen (Nothing Happened)”, a bubbly clash-and-batter ditty about
almost succumbing to the temptations of high schooler.

 

There’s
a sort of modern screwball comedy air to all this boy-and-girl friction, a
tension that takes form, sometimes, in Kupa and band mate Danny How’s dueling
vocals. How sings a few on his own, too, bringing a bit of C86 sweetness and
vulnerability to “Secret Little Sweetheart” and a harder-edged asymmetry to
“Edges and Corners.” The music behind it all is slapdash and charming, full of
scrubby scrambles of guitar and firecracker poppings of drums (that’s third
member Andy Beswick). Overall, it’s an album as jittery sweet as a double mocha
latte. There’s nothing monumental here, but you couldn’t ask for a better time.

 

 

Standout Tracks: “Fifteen”, “Philadelphia” “Secret
Little Sweetheart” JENNIFER KELLY

 

 

 

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