Man Without Country: notice the name. This is a band very much adapted to the Welsh capital, but who probably feel a little outside what has been going on around them, musically, for the past few years.
Hence they've created their own unique sound, more at home with Scandinavian sense of space, or the driving indie-dance crossover of bands like Delphic or Two Door Cinema Club. My comparisons are obvious and slightly lazy I'm afraid, as their own musical influences are much more akin to the experimentation of Brian Eno than today's pop.
Man Without Country came from nowhere but were instantly being taken on board across the whole of the UK - and all this before releasing anything properly: heavily backed by the Introducing network of shows; Radio One daytime plays; festival appearances; 6 Music's Laverne show giving them a Maida Vale session and the luckiest of chances taking them to do a showcase in LA for a choice few British Introducing acts.
This début King Complex EP then probably carries a lot of responsibility. It's a taster for an album, Foe, which will follow in the autumn, but the weight, expectation and anticipation are all par for the course for the duo.
I recently caught up with Tom and Ryan at the BBC Wales studios to ask about all the fun of LA, and making this the King Complex EP:
Listen to the full EP here: www.manwithoutcountry.com.
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