The Natural History Museum are vocalist/writer Carol Keogh (The Tycho Brahe, The Plague Monkeys) and producer/composer Dunk Murphy (Sunken Foal, Ambulance [Planet-Mu]). Together they combine acoustic finger picking with soothing electronics and atmospheric synths. The result is pretty inspiring, a bit danceable and certainly a welcome addition in my play list for today.
The ep opens with the nice tune 'Jeweller'. From the very first seconds I'm reminded of Johnny Cash meets Tricky, aided vocally by Carol. I don't really know who I can compare Carol's vocals with but that doesn't matter. They're perfect for this combination of folk or country music and electronics. Another act that comes to mind, is Monophona, who we reviewed last year and who we had the pleasure to see live a few times.
And there's more goodness on this ep, like the nice cover of Si Schroeder’s ‘C4’ or the strange, somewhat psychedelic 'Corvic'. Or how about the slow and gloomy dancer 'Button Moon', which drives on an eighties-sounding electro sequence. My favorite however is closer 'Little Match Girl' which seems to bring Kate Bush and Klaus Schulze to the modern day electronic ballads era. Yes, I like this song. I like this whole ep and I like this duo.