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Thursday

by Tall Poppies

The debut album from DIY indie-pop act Tall Poppies.
Genre: Pop: Baroque Pop
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1. Butterfingers
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2. Drinking Life
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3. Time Machine
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4. St Ives
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5. Funky
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6. Chameleon
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7. Chocolatier
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8. Better Off Dead
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9. Don't Leave
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10. Cocoon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Tall Poppies are eccentric indie-pop four piece fronted by identical twin sister songstresses Susan and Catherine on vocals, bass and guitar with Diarmuid pulling at heart strings on violin and Doug injecting the energy and danceability on drums.

The new track 'Cat Got Your Tongue?' is an upbeat blast of guitar pop inspired by a Jane Austen novel and a night out in London with racy string lines accompanying the lead dual female harmonies.

The twins named the band Tall Poppies soon after emigrating from their hometown, Perth, the most isolated city in the world. Having been listening to British alternative acts such as The Smiths, Kate Bush, David Bowie and Pulp, the pair dreamed of moving to the musical centre of the world and began writing their own distinct indie-pop tunes, matching catchy melodies with luscious intertwining harmonies.

Songs are drafted over cups of tea and chocolate biscuits during gossip sessions about men, friends, the latest novel and the dramas of working life. Snippets of sisterly chat often bloom into songs as guitars lie in laps dusted with chocolate crumbs. Lyrically they tell stories of the everyday and the unusual, the melancholic and comical. The twins met Diarmuid in London and it was not long before his graceful string lines accompanied the entire set, Doug Fink (formerly of Noah and the Whale) joined in adding more flare and completing the sound with his lively beats.

The band are fiercely DIY, having recorded and released their own material and produced many quirky video clips to accompany them.

'High Time' EP was released in Autumn 2015 and they have been touring up and down the UK including numerous UK festivals such as 2000 trees, Hay on Wye, Ashford Create with repeat bookings at east London's cult vintage venue Paper Dress and an appearance at London Fashion Week.

'Heart Palpitations' was released from the EP High Time. The video was put together one weekend when Catherine had some extra red fabric lying around.

'Cat Got Your Tongue' is the latest offering, recorded with producer Paul Tipler (Elastica, The Horrors) in the depths of South London. It was launched on 29th January with a sold out launch party at Servant Jazz Quarters to boot.


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Steve Davenport

Tall Poppies music is like sex to the ears
If you like expressive, idiosyncratic, quirky lyrics, dilettantish music and meticulous production style, you’ll adore Thursday, by Perth’s Tall Poppies.

Although most bands think they are unique, few are. Tall Poppies, twins Susan and Catherine Hay and younger brother Alexander, are possibly inimitable. The music is whimsically clever and its lyrical storytelling is enigmatically amusing while grasping the imagination and daring it to think outside the circle of the CD.

Tall Poppies, the debut album is an atypical recording with an unconditionally mature sensibility. It’s like reading an anthology of subtly complex, great short stories. Each tale has a fruity flavour, unique character and infinite delicacy. Imagine watching Chocolat while sucking on a piece of Amedei Chuao and you’ll understand the sensuality in Tall Poppies music.

Bass guitarist, Susan Hay has a singular voice while guitarist, Catherine has a supple evocative vocal technique. They sound similar to Shakespeare's Sister with a pinch of Kate Bush and a dash of Ute Lemper but with an optimistic upbeat pop quality that is difficult to define. This combination makes the sound a smidgen funky but not too funky.

Time Machine is the stand out track; its style owes as much to poetry, dance and film as it does to music. It is a catchy time travelogue reminiscent of Kate Bush’s Cloud Busting but more in story telling quality than musical similarity. All Tall Poppies' tunes have a theatrical touch with undertones of cabaret and classical Hollywood musicals but retain a strong integrity.

Songs such as Better Off Dead, Funky, Butter Fingers and Only A Nomad, are like sipping on a cappuccino, looking through a café window and drinking life through a straw; sumptuous and superlative.

In Drinking Life, St Ives, Chameleon, Cocoon and Don’t Leave, musically much happens but much more is implied. There are some wonderful laid back melodic guitar riffs mixed with a smooth segue of string quartet lines in these songs.

Tall Poppies combine pop with theatre and literature. All wound up with themes - such as love, lust and jealousy - that expose the magnificence that is the ripe female mind. Think Dido, Joni Mitchell, Edie Brickell, think Tall Poppies.

If Tall Poppies’ Thursday is like drinking life through a straw, make mine chocolate flavoured! Oh! And it is really like sex for the ears.

Tall Poppies - Thursday is released independently. Head to thetallpoppies.com for more information.