BIG LIFE DESIRE dribs and drabs (Platform)

British indie music suggests either dreary twee bedsitters or flashy posers, doesn’t it? Keith Harbottle a.k.a. Big Life Desire certainly falls under the lo-fi, D-I-Y categorization but with a steady focus on the British post-punk movement and also the Britpop scene of the 90s. 

Thus, there is a heavy emphasis on synthesizers and acoustic guitars on Harbottle’s debut commercially released album. Which despite itself, is pretty relevant in 2008. But ignore the form and concentrate on the substance cos there’s a fair bit of that going on about dribs and drabs.

Marry the melodic quotient of Jeff (ELO) Lynne, the vocal stylings of Ray (the Kinks) Davies, the mod attitude of Paul (Style Council) Weller and the electronic nous of Vince (Depeche Mode, Yazoo) Clarke and you get a good sense of what Big Life Desire is trying to achieve. 

Fans of the best British music of the late 70s/early 80s will definitely get a kick out of Big Life Desire.

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