The Skeleton Dead are a duo from London who formed in the summer of 2010. They have released four tracks via their MySpace / Soundcloud pages.
You can stream a couple of those at the end of this post and I'd recommend you do just that...
The band state an influence as Leonard Cohen and you can hear that in the reflective and sometimes witty lyrics which tell tales of death, love and Seafaring. The latter is the clear theme in my pick of the four tracks “A Nautical Tale”. Knol, the main vocalist, has a distinct low, hushed voice which combines wonderfully in contrast with Claire's pretty sweet vocal. Musically simple and sparse, the main instrument throughout is an understated and gentle acoustic guitar, which is plucked over the smooth dual vocal with splendid grace. Although the enchanting “Gather up Your Clothes” runs it quite close with its pretty, graceful melody.
If your enjoy folk music and the utter simplicity of plucked acoustic guitar combined with some well-measured vocals, The Skeleton Dead may well be a new group worth savouring.
Listen to a couple of tracks below, the rest can be found here:
A Nautical Theme by The Skeleton Dead
Gather Up Your Clothes by The Skeleton Dead