Posted in Music | By Richard Mellor
11/05 2010

Tim Ten Yen

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With Chris Packham declaring death for pandas and America pouring oil on sealife, it’s good to find someone staunchly at one with nature.  Tim Ten Yen‘s candy-floss keyboard pop lyricises about foxes, bears and sea anemones without any discernable insincerity; no-one’s sung about wildlife with such commitment since Sesame Street wound down.  Not only that, but on stage the Londoner performs with what le cool calls “a frazzled-looking mechanical cat”.  Away from this intent naturism, his considered sound veers from Aqua-esque playfulness to indie film soundtrack sensibility, and from occasionally annoying to generally catchy.  Rumours of a residency at London Zoo are currently unconfirmed.

Steve Lamacq has apparently said that TTY is destined to be a cult figure, while a popular nickname is the Sensational Singing Salaryman.  Don’t ask.  More appropriately, Spinner called him a one-man Divine Comedy.  I prefer a one-man Fraggle Rock. 

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MP3: Tim Ten Yen – The Bear & The Fox

 

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