If 'Sweets' doesn't set your singer/songwriter world on fire, it just might be the most polished and ambitiously orchestrated soft porn background music you've ever heard. Seemingly taking sly cues from Serge Gainsbourg and his lounge dwelling ilk, 'Sweets' injects a childlike naïvete, both in its lyricism and the cooing female backing, and builds a city street at 3am - streetlight ambience and lovers' echoes, lonely footsteps and cab driver conversation.
Taken from the debut album Silver & Fire, this is a dark and brooding story of a girl finding herself cold in a passenger seat with a _"burnt down man who's eyes are still white"_. Wrapped up in coy, curling guitar and Martin Craft's hushed and dusty vocals, it doesn't dazzle, and the wilful sleaze may be a touch more heavy-handed than intended, but it still has enough innate weight and mysticism to draw you into its streets for the three-minute duration. It's backed by a flowery pop interpretation of 'She Sells Sanctuary', entirely stripping it of its pomp and grandeur and throwing handclaps at it until they stick. It's possibly a larger incetive for stoic fans of Craft's, but as a free download single, 'Sweets' is definitely worth at least a portion of your night.
6Jesus Chigley's Score