Woodpigeon – Red Rover, Red Rover (Single Review)

When a track opens with a sample taken from a 1965 TV documentary entitled, ‘Perversion for Profit’ you can’t help but think, ‘Where are they going with this…?’ The documentary, originally broadcast to warn people about the dangers of nudity, sex, perversion and homosexuality, coupled with a song called ‘Red Rover, Red Rover’, (yes, as in ‘Red Rover, Red Rover, come over’) spells rebellion.  The song subject is beautifully juxta-posed by soothing harmonies, a soft, pure vocal and innocent instrumental arrangement- the perfect way to say something big yet disguise it, well done, Woodpigeon.

Canadian group, Woodpigeon, are represented by Ellie Jones who is also responsible for the likes of First Aid Kit, Bombay Bicycle Club and Ben Howard so we can expect good things from band leader and songwriter Mark Andrew Hamilton. Genre-wise they come somewhere between ornate chamber pop and indie-retro pop. Definitely a focus on the retro as their vintage music video for ‘Red Rover, Red Rover’ demonstrates! Their latest album, Thumbtacks & Glue, was released earlier this month and is available on iTunes now.