Dutch Singer-songwriter couple Martijn de Kleer and Liesbeth Kemerlings form the basis of the band Beansprouts. They recorded their debut album titled Happy go lucky with a full back-up band, and they sure did pick the right people. As soon as you hear the fiddle and five string banjo in the first song you can tell that these guys paid some dues to get that authentic feel to their sound, but there’s a lot more to this band than just banjo’s and fiddles.
“a surprisingly strong and versatile debut. They have an incredibly effective pen at their disposal for writing memorable pop songs; therefore this is a record that doesn’t seem to leave your CD player.
All the songs on this CD are their own material, but somehow they sound as if they’ve been around forever. The lyrics find a perfect balance between straight from the heart honesty and dry humor which makes them intriguingly personal but never hard to digest. The switching between two vocalists comes as a pleasant surprise, and when they go from a folky sound to electric with drums it all sounds cool and natural. And hey, Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier) plays some damn sweet Pedal steel on a few songs.
“with Happy go lucky beansprouts instantly belong to the absolute top of the European Rootsmusic scene, and they achieve the impossible by putting out a perfect debut album.”
Produced by Gabriel Peeters.