Label: Unsigned Link: www.myspace.com/teambnyc If you are part of Beirut and Arcade Fire, by default you are a) a very, very good musician, and b) supposed to be a little bit strange, musically. Good strange, mind. Given that, Team B isn't quite what you'd expect from this, the side project of Kelly Pratt, the brass player in those two, near but not exact. He's not alone on this voyage either; he's roped in LCD Soundsystem's drummer, a couple from Beirut and a fellow Arcade Fire bandmate, so he's in good company. The self-titled album opens with 'On My Mind' and straight away the pre-conceived idea of how Team B should, or would be, goes out the window. It's a Hammond Organ-led grower that develops slowly in texture without ever getting overly grand. The simplicity it maintains makes you feel like you know the song instantly, and it's impossible not to like it. After 'On My Mind' it is mostly as expected, the kind of slanted take on folk as imagined but  doesn't ever really sound, well, very Arcade Fire. This has to be seen as a good thing, there's nothing worse than when someone's side project sounds like a cheap knock-off of the band they are also in. Albert Hammond Jnr anyone? There are horns aplenty and with Pratt being a horn player, that was to be expected, but it's the vocals that are key to Team B's thick harmonies, each vocal line is multi-layered and laden with effects. LCD has had it's influence too as the synths, along with those vocal effects, drag Team B's old, vintage sound up to date and it works too, adding a new angle to the songs. 'No Purchase Necessary'  is the one song that encompasses everything about Team B, going from weird brass solo to synth to heavy thumping Americana to thick layered vocal effect. For all it's merits, Team B is not as consistent as it could be, each song becomes a bit of a strange waltz. It becomes more interesting only when the synths add their input, or if it's synth led, like the sweeping Sigur Ros-with-samples 'Misma.' Also, Team B goes just too far with the horns creating a waltzing feel that just evokes thoughts of people dancing awkwardly with some the backing singers swaying whilst singing their 'Ooh's.' You're almost expecting to hear applause from some 19th Century ball room. Obviously this was never going to compete with his day job in Arcade Fire and Beirut, but he could have done a lot worse. There are some definite plus points in Team B, and each song has it's moments, there just aren't quite enough of them.