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Keeping it Simple


Artist: This Little Tractor
Label: This Little Tractor
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 09 November 2015

This Little Tractor is an independent Alternative-Electronica duo based in rural Shropshire, UK. They combine Electronica with acoustic instruments and multi layered harmony vocals. Interlacing styles such as Pop, Dance, Reggae, World, and Folk, with quirky evocative warmth and deeply enquiring philosophical words. Their music leads the listener through a lush soundscape of musical journeys, from Chill to High-Energy; in places, delightfully bonkers...

Keeping it Simple is a pretty impressive debut album from This Little Tractor (Abbie Lathe and Barney Bee). Taking elements of folk and electronic pop, This Little Tractor weave an intricate collection of songs over this album's 51 min, 35 sec (13 tracks) running time.

Lathe's vocals drip from Bee's multi-layered tracks in a pleasing way. This is a voice you could listen to forever - in fact I think I may have accidentally been hypnotised without knowing it.

From track to track, the duo up the ante, constantly shifting and changing what they're all about. This means that while you never really get a grasp on where they're coming from; where they're most at home, it does mean that you never get bored on this musical journey of discovery.

The end result is a little like being thrust into a washing machine on the fastest spin cycle. I couldn't help but be reminded of Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball when listening to the opening of 'Ode 2 Water'.

This Little Tractor is well worth seeking out. But don't take my word for it, give them a listen here.


Nick Smithson

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