Arthur Beatrice are an East-London based band fronted by Orlando Leopard (what a name) who’s deep resonating vocals are reminiscent of King Krule and the Wild Beasts (which in my books is no bad thing). Their fluid harmonies and curious interludes have quickly caught the attention of the media, pushing them perhaps prematurely into the limelight. Despite their studious looks and almost corporate image (their website resembles that of an upmarket designer: http://online-presence.info/), all four members are under the age of 23 and have found themselves a pretty sweet deal with their own label Open Assembly Rooms and a savvy management team.
Though the world of music is notoriously unstable the kids seem to have it all sussed out: middle-aged man meets hip hop revival. Elliot Barnes (drums) told the Guardian that “We’re like the Smiths meets gangsta rap!” In reality, they couldn’t be further from gangsta rap, but there’s time for the self-delusion and pretension to fade. At any rate, ‘Grand Union’ is a hell of a track. The more you listen the better it gets.