Sons and Daughters | DNO34 | Released: 09/06/04

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When Love the Cup was released on the esteemed Ba Da Ding! label back in January, those lucky enough to hear it - including legendary critic Greil Marcus - found themselves charmed and intrigued by this debut release from the Scottish quartet. What appealed was the sheer intensity and potent mix of styles featured on Love the Cup's seven tracks. Drawing from Scottish and American folk, fused with an array of blues, funk, country, and rock'n'roll, Sons & Daughters create songs with a dark, spatial and brooding atmosphere. Whilst pounding rhythms, understated melodies and pulsing guitar lines form the framework, the interweaving vocals of Adele Bethel and Scott Paterson lend the songs a sense of drama and underlying menace.