You know how on myspace bands always list their "influences", and as you listen to the songs, you can't help but think, "yeah, not really. at all."? Well that is refreshingly not the case with Seattle's Arthur & Yu, who recently befriended me on myspace.
They've pretty much hit their influences right on: Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra, Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin, Nico-era Velvet Underground, etc. And while the influences are clear, the songs are never derivative or boring. I don't know much else about this band, but these songs left me wanting to hear more:
Arthur & Yu Lion's Mouth mp3
Arthur & Yu Afterglow mp3
Arthur & Yu's female vocalist, Sonya Westcott, also sings on the excellent new James Figurine (Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel and Postal Service) single:
James Figurine 55566688833 (feat. Sonya Westcott) mp3
After you go listen to this Midlake interview, you can go pre-order The Trials of Van Occupanther here (U.S. only)