BOY (Bumstead) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
It would be convenient to say that growing up in the Yukon isolated Stephen Noel Kozmeniuk, aka Boy, from the rest of the pop world, but that doesn't seem to be the case once you hear his self-titled solo debut. Kozmeniuk's one-man pure pop murmurings have a decidedly worldly shine to them. The sound of the 60s hangs heavy, as does the influence of Parklife-era Blur, but at least the singer/songwriter has the ambition to dress up his strumming with flourishes of horns, strings and the rubbery bounce of recent Flaming Lips sessions. Occasionally, tracks like Agent Red come off more as ideas than songs and lose their momentum the longer they drag on, but it's shocking how fully formed a song like the string-soaked French Diplomacy arrives. One to watch.