Sir Sly remind me of The Neighbourhood. Whoa, what? Starting an introductory feature with a comparison? Well, yes. It’s not a bad thing as much as it is a great example of the way in which sounds and perhaps more importantly, sounds in vogue get picked up by the indie radar. Both bands share the same melancholy, and also the same contrasting pop sensibilities. Oh yeah, and both are great.
Sir Sly aren’t copy cats, far from it. They sound similar, sure. But it’s as if they inhabit the same kind of soundscapes. It would seem we aren’t alone in thinking this either. The trio are also based in LA, and rumoured by many to be an offshoot of Foster The People, allowing to satisfy their moodier urges. That is until they revealed themselves to the world, and the world just sighed, and realised that they weren’t the same people and clearly Los Angeles might well be as cool as you thought it was. Between Sir Sly and other HMCMB favourite Meg Myers and of course The Neighbourhood, it would seem LA is the place to be for dark, crossover pop music.
There’s a certain cadence to Sir Sly’s vocals that’s reminiscent of the wonderful alt/rap crossovers we are getting more and more of at the moment. From the hypnotic reptitions of Gold, to the subtle infusion of dub in Where I’m Going, Sir Sly are a great product of their time. The meeting of currentinfluences, the meshing of sounds. For the exact same reasons, I have no doubt many could write Sir Sly off, but when it’s as well crafted and considered as this, it wouldn’t be fair to mark them down as a copy cat or emulation. In fact the way they do tie together all the current interests and influences of our beloved little musical niche, they truly are a bit of a musical magpie (which coincidentally, would fit brilliantly with their monochromatic obsession) in the truest sense, i.e not just a term used for bands so eclectic and inconsistent they can’t be pinned down. Sir Sly are quite the opposite, there’s a satisfyingly obvious, and exceptionally cool, direction and theme to their music and their image. In a modern musical age rife with bands expertly packaged such as this, It’d be easy to complain or say that’s boring; but when it’s this well put together, how can that possibly be?