My Brother Woody is the work of a one man band called Michael Cleare and it’s obvious he’s well eared in the art of the pop hook. He’s already released a 7 song self titled EP and since that didn’t set the world alight he is about to go the whole hog and release a full LP. The indications are good, for a singer songwriter much of what I’ve heard goes beyond the delicately strummed guitar and into the fertile landscape of crystal harmonies, wandering brass and the odd shot of glockenspiel. Teenage Fanclub and the Beach Boys spring to mind when cosying up to the layers of melodies provided by ‘Wish I Was A DJ’. Probably won’t surface, any day soon, on daytime radio but when there’s a continental college scene to harvest it hardly matters. This is precise indiepop with enough gadgetry to capture the attention of an army of fans. KD
My Brother Woody – Wish I Was A DJ
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