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Ones to watch: The Lemon Twigs

Andy Welch recommends his 'one to watch'. This week, find out why you should be listening to pop-rock New Yorkers, The Lemon Twigs

The Lemon Twigs AKA Brian and Michael D'Addario

WHO: The Lemon Twigs

WHAT: New York duo consisting of brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario

WHY: A great new band with a new album out this month. What more do you need?

HOW: 'Baroque pop' is one of those lofty terms journalists throw around to describe a particular sort of lushly arranged, vocal-harmony-heavy music, tinged with a sense of dramatic melancholy.

Put more simply, it's music that sounds a bit like The Beach Boys and might feature a harpsichord.

It's been around since the 60s, that era when bands in both the UK and the US began moving on from the straightforward beat music and into something more experimental.

'Baroque pop' is a description that has been applied to everyone from The Zombies and early Bee Gees to Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear – and the latest act toiling under its banner are Long Island's The Lemon Twigs.

Brian (19) and Michael (17) have been writing and playing music as long as they can remember: unsurprisingly, they were raised in a house where The Beatles and The Beach Boys were in steady rotation.

Jonathan Rado of Foxygen discovered the pair's Twitter profile and insisted on producing their forthcoming debut.

The record, Do Hollywood, features a host of 60s/70s influences, sitting easily alongside the likes of Supertramp, the less bombastic side of Queen and Big Star.

How Lucky Am I? is a generous nod to the similarly Beatles-inspired Harry Nilsson and classic songwriting of the 1970s.

They've got a relatively narrow field of influences, but what The Lemon Twigs do, they do absolutely fantastically.

WHERE: Try These Words and As Long As We're Together first, which are available to buy on iTunes and to stream on Soundcloud at soundcloud.com/thelemontwigs and on Spotify.

Better still, their debut album, Do Hollywood, is out today on 4AD on and can be found in all good record shops.

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