Grand Pocket Orchestra

Odd Socks

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Like labelmates Fight Like Apes, Dublin four-piece Grand Pocket Orchestra's FIFA Records debut EP Odd Socks is a rapid-fire mash-up of styles from the left field of the indie pop universe, three tracks condensed into a brief six-minute spurt of advanced melodicism and childlike simplicity. And like their aforementioned contemporaries, two of whom once inhabited the band's fertile pastures, Odd Socks is very much a teaser rather than a statement of its own, sticking closely to conventional structures while hinting at something altogether more off-the-wall. The title track sees singer Paddy Hanna sing in tandem with twee melodica and cowbell, calling to mind Jack White with his upper register chatter, while "Get Go" sees him become a little more adventurous, yelping and rapping above New Pornographers-like humming synth lines. Odd Socks, while it can be criticized for focusing so firmly upon the cutesy twee pop aspect of their catalog, is a worthy icebreaker to what promises to be an interesting conversation.

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