Friday 16 December 2011

Review: Ike Moriz - Mirrors And Shade

Ike Moriz - Mirrors And Shade (Mosquito Records London)
South African recording artist Ike Moriz is something of a rarity insofar that he maintains a recording career in two completely separate genres. For the most part he’s a crooner, singing songs from the Great American Songbook, wowing Capetown supper club audiences and releasing a steady flow of albums that have drawn comparisons to Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole. On the other hand he’s a singer-songwriter of a decidedly English, alternative bent.

“Mirrors And Shade” was originally released in 2004 when Moriz was based in London, and listening to its 11 songs I’m reminded of groups like Be-Bop Deluxe, Suede and Gene, and of course, David Bowie, who was later to declare himself a fan. On the strength of the material presented here, it’s an easy position to take. In particular, the title track is just a perfect slice of retro indie pop with abundant hooks, a lively melody and a chorus that sticks like glue. Others of a similar ilk follow suit. “You Could (thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)” is plaintive and drips melancholy but not at the expense of pop thrills, “Fall Into the Sun” is a soundtrack in waiting for a decent summer and “Drowning (in London Town)” encapsulates the experience of many groups who come to the capital, with bonus nods to Oasis and early Blur along the way.
Rob F.

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