Thursday, 9 August 2012

Record Review - Flap!

Published in the Sydney Morning Herald, August 3.

A Great Day For The Race

With a sultry swing ‘n’ swagger, Melbourne five-piece Flap! introduce their second long-player, opening track ‘The Boogieman’ the sign of what’s to come; a shuffling beat overlaid with the trumpet antics of 2010 National Jazz Award winner Eamon McNelis and the distinctly Australian vocal of Jess Guille.

Twenties jazz / gypsy bands are a dime-a-dozen these days, but where Flap! differ is in their ability to pen as catchy a pop hook as you’ll hear all year, not to mention the inherent honesty that comes through in their playing – nothing flashy for flash’s sake, just rumbling Hammond B3, a distinctly New Orleans melding of horns, music for the sake of music as is evidenced on every track, without exception, on A Great Day For The Race.  A finger-snapping triumph of a record.

Samuel J. Fell

A Great Day For The Race is available now through Vitamin Records.

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