Michael Hann 

Kotki Dwa: Staycations – review

This summery pop trio's album was recorded with funding from the National Trust, and has a lot of puppyish charms, writes Michael Hann
  
  

It's an unusual name for a record label, but then National Trust isn't really a record label – Kotki Dwa's second album has been recorded with funding from the National Trust, and it will be available from its shops, as well as from the band's website. So, the trio display admirable resourcefulness – but does their music match up? It's not long ago that they were an essentially workaday indie band, but Staycations shows why the National Trust was happy to be involved. Despite the band's Polish ancestry, it's awfully English music: summery, peppy and good-natured, mixing artiness with poppy accessibility in the ska-pop of the title track and the pizzicato keyboards of She Likes It, leading into the album's best chorus. A couple more hooks like that and they'd have an extra star; even so, the boundless, puppyish charm of Staycations deserves an audience.

 

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