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Tut Tut

The Heart Goes Nine

(Ironpaw; US: 15 Jan 2008)

Tut Tut have a rich, textured and at times lush approach to their songs, resembling the best that’s emanated from the Elephant 6 collective. Described as “Ukulele-based destructo-pop” in the press blurb, Tut Tut shines on “Marquee (KC’s Theme) with its simple, infectious melodies and horn-tinged hooks. This goes seamlessly into an almost centuries old version of pop during “Pins On Your Purse”, a song that evokes images of the Arcade Fire prancing with their instruments through Sherwood Forest. They ratchet the intensity up a few notches for the glorious “Fargo’s Theme” that could be the b-side to “Keep The Car Running” but the airy “Over/Under” slows the album down somewhat. Things take a decidedly psychedelic tone on “Already Dead” which recalls Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd but Tut Tut nail the lovely “Umbrella” (and no, not the eh eh eh Rhianna smash) as they do with the poppy, dance-rock darling “Outro In D”.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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