Monuments To An Elegy
Miles Kane's solo debut revisits the 60s for a sashay around everything from orchestral pop to garage psychedelia.
Imagine a world where the synthesizer didn't exist, all pop artists still wore suits and every song sounded as if it could be from a disco scene in an episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E and you have entered the vortex where Kane operates.
Had Mark Ronson not been here already, and attached a speeded up beat to a bunch of retro Motown arrangements, Miles Kane would be hailed as a genius. Instead this tasteful retro niche feels a little overdone.
That said Kane has fashioned a bunch of songs that never fail to deliver in terms of choruses and stylish atmosphere with a loving attention to detail adding plenty of crafted touches that Ronson's approach overlooked.
Highlights include the Marc Bolan-esque My Fantasy which features backing vocals from Noel Gallagher, and the wonderful Happenstance whose breathy vocals from French actress Clémence Poésy bring a sophisticated allure that hasn't been in fashion since 1971.
Cool and charming.