The Upshot: Fresh take on vintage pop stylings: Hearts break, lovers cheat and jilted partners confront the unfaithful, but even so, the sound remains pure and unpretentious.
BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
Could this be a blast from the past? Indeed, it certainly sounds that way thanks to Teddy Thompson and newfound partner Kelly Jones’ take on vintage pop. Despite their relatively brief acquaintance, the two are already perfectly in sync, sounding like they’ve been harmonising forever. As a result, their voices combine to create a perfect vehicle for some wide-eyed wonderment as filtered through the prism of idealism and innocence. The material serves that purpose well, to such an extent, in fact, that several of these songs already sound like standards.
It’s little wonder, too, that the influences are so obvious. Buddy Holly (“Never Knew You Loved Me Too,” “Wondering”) and the Everly Brothers (“Better at Lying,” “Don’t Remind Me”) are especially evident in the mix, but given the ideal ‘oldies sound the duo replicates so well, any number of forebears could be name-checked as well. The pair caress the material with both a wink and a tear, effectively milking more than a hint of typical teenage angst as they navigate that fine line between desire and despair. Hearts break, lovers cheat and jilted partners confront the unfaithful, but even so, the sound remains pure and unpretentious, even in the face of tangled emotions. A terrific beginning, Little Windows offers its audience a perfect view.
DOWNLOAD: “Better at Lying,” “Don’t Remind Me,” “Never Knew You Loved Me To”