The Young Pixels

To stop any Black Keys/White Stripes comparisons before they start - the Young Pixels are more in line with the Pixies’ Black Francis/Kim Deal, if they didn’t hate each other, had kids and lived on an organic farm near Brandon, Manitoba. This 13-track effort from the duo of Danny and Tricia Turner was produced by Mike Posthumus (Sebastian Owl) and features the stripped down set-up of guitar and drums that sounds like a full band, mostly due to the Turner clan’s dual vocals fleshing things out. Danny takes the lead on the first few while Tricia oohs and ahs, with such standouts as “Pollution Breath” allowing her to shine. The lyrics paint a realistic picture of a relationship - the good, the bad and what happens while you’re making other plans. It’s honest almost to a fault, and that’s what makes it so great. A real love-rock record by real rockers in love.

Published in Volume 68, Number 2 of The Uniter (September 11, 2013)

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