Released: January 25th '11
From: Washington DC, USA
RIYL: The Black Keys, Band of Horses, The Killers
It may just be a trans-Atlantic distance thing, but U.S. Royalty have seemed to come from nowhere. Since hearing Flosstradamus' brilliantly worked remix of their track Equestrian for the first time just a few weeks ago however, I rapidly initiated some investigatory work and discovered not just a couple of stand-out tracks, but an absolute gem of a debut album.
The songs on Mirrors vary from blissful, expertly harmonised Acoustic/Folk to more raw, scuzzed out Blues Rock - not far removed from the sound of The Black Keys. In between there are also clear influences of Americana, Alt-Country and Indie, while the majority of the tracks are melody heavy and contain the level of Pop sensibility normally displayed by bands on their third or forth album. The varied segmentation of each track ensures that Mirrors is an interesting listen throughout; an extremely mature debut from a band who, while probably not royalty in literal terms, could well become U.S. musical royalty at this rate.
U.S. Royalty - Equestrian
U.S. Royalty - Equestrian (Flosstradamus Remix)
U.S. Royalty - Monte Carlo