Label:Smuggler's Records Release date: 12/04/10 Myspace Do you remember Alphabeat? That happy-go-lucky Danish collective? Apparently they are still going but from my end, their services are no longer required, I found The Momeraths! This U.K. based five piece have just released with their five track E.P. A Single Cup of Tea, and if you were wondering what a momerath is, it’s a green pig that shows up in the poem Jabberwocky, and in The Muppet Show for those who remember that glorious programme. Every year, when summer dawns upon us and the sun graces us briefly with its presence, there is the somewhat clichéd battle for that sunshine anthem, the song that defines the season and the happy times we so fondly remember. Up until now though, I did consider it sentimental nonsense. On the whole, 'A Single Cup of Tea' is en E.P. I would happily listen to whilst skipping through a meadow of buttercups, or lying on the beach waiting for nothing in particular. The gentle voices of Paolo and Claire, fragile though they seem, are indescribably enchanting and twinkle like rays of light through the leaves of a shady tree; but look at me being all romantic. They accomplish something Alphabeat never did, they make me care about their music, simply through an appreciation of the skills they display vocally and instrumentally. Simplistic guitars accompanied by drumming which soothes, rather than shattering your eardrums, ensures the songs don’t become cluttered, and you have to love any band that make use of the harmonica, as they do in 'The Photographer'. They also fill a niche beyond that of other traditional artists. Recently everything that hits the mainstream seems to be stereotypical rock, pop and occasionally hip-hop, The Momeraths are something different. They describe themselves as Indie, which is understandable, but they are also something of their own making, not quite pop not quite folk... polk? Whatever you call it, their unique sound places them in a genre with very few peers, adding to the stand out qualities I have already described. My one concern is that each track seems to be on the same level in terms of emotion. Each song is infectiously cheery, but never ecstatic nor mellow, and it’s this lack of deviation that might make a full length album tiring towards the end, but they can do it. The bedroom demo version of the title track shows they have the emotional leeway to take you further, but for what this E.P. is, I’m suitably impressed. They say that tea contains more caffeine than coffee. Well, if you are ever in need of a pick-me-up, just have 'A Single Cup of Tea'. Photobucket