Mysterious Jamaica, Queens outfit Kings of the Brushwood Thicket deliver clean retro pop on debut single “He Was A Man”. The elusive group provide little background info but have a lot going for them; Bowie-esque vocals, strong melodic hooks and well executed songwriting. This is all on display on “He Was A Man” which utilizes little more than some rumbling timpani and a jangly guitar to convey lead singer Bruce Brauer’s dashed dreams of conformity. How they manage to conjure up the freewheeling magic vibes of ELO is beyond me, but it is another well deserved reference for their brand of satisfying folk pop. Kings of the Brushwood Thicket will be dropping their full length album, The Lies You Leave Behind, May 5th – pre-order here.
posted by: Olinger New Music Daily