Say hello to Starling (free stream, c’mon), the third CD from London-based modern-rock trio tvfordogs.
Devoid of Weezeresque irony, singer-guitarist Neil Luckett mines a classic, idiosyncratic vein, advancing the go-for-broke assault of Heavy Denver (2002) and brass-ring target-shooting of Roller (2005) with a knowing blend of retro styles and rock archetypes. On Starling, classic rock drenched in early-’70s guitar tones meets the immediacy of modern hi-fi.
Restless in its introspection, Starling calls to mind Jimi Hendrix and even Neil Young. The disarming “Frozen Friend,” with its storming guitar intro and plaintive lead vocal, is one of the most infectious, impassioned tracks of this or any year.
We think you’ll love Starling. That’s why we’re spinning it free. Have a listen?