Pip And The Polar Bears - One Foot In Sea And One On Shore

Published Thursday 8th December 2011
Pip And The Polar Bears - One Foot In Sea And One On Shore
Pip And The Polar Bears - One Foot In Sea And One On Shore

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 120204-18671
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

Pip is a Peckham-based singer/songwriter and the Polar Bears are, I believe, whatever musicians she can get to play with her. The CD has a real acoustic feel to it: no drums, stand-up bass (although it's actually an electric, it sounds like a stand-up), violin and a country-jazz lead vocal. It made me think Fairground Attraction-meets-Joni Mitchell. Even when the drums and trumpet arrive it still has that low-key feel. They describe themselves as "kooky folk with a political edge" and I heard nothing on the CD to disagree with that. It's all very pleasant - it would be ideal summer fayre entertainment. The CD grows and the best track is certainly saved for last: "Trumpet Call At The Southbank Flower Market" has an infectious rhythm, very singable chorus and is wonderfully executed.

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