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Review: 'Jaws of Love'
'Tasha Sits Close to the Piano'   

-  Genre: 'Soul' -  Catalogue No: 'House Arrest'

Our Rating:
Jaws of Love is, I’m reliably informed, the solo project of Local Natives songwriter, singer, and pianist, Kelcey Ayer. This probably means something to some people. It’s an album about love, and its name comes courtesy of Ayers’ wife commenting on their dog Tasha. So far so nauseatingly cozy. The chilled beats and wispy, soft-tone synths which accompany the piano which provides the focus of each of the album’s 10 tracks, alongside Ayers’ easy, soulful voice which soars effortlessly, all contrive to conjure images of loft-apartment living with all of its hipsterish trappings.

‘Tasha Sits Close to the Piano’ could be the soundtrack to a romantic movie, where the lead character sits, barefoot, dog beside him, pining while he waits for his love to return and make him whole. There would be warm summer nights in the city, scenes with meaningful, sincere and pause-laden dialogue, soft-focus flash backs and endless gazing out of windows and balconies at lights, rivers and cars below. There would be open windows with lace curtains billowing from floor-to-ceiling windows, not to mention chance meetings, wrong starts, and near misses in cafes and jazz clubs.

And through it all, through the irritatingly wet protagonist’s trials and tribulations, Tasha the dog would be his constant, faithful companion, through all the heartache and loneliness, even rescuing him from danger when something terrible happens (but nothing unsanitary like a drug overdose or choking on his own puke in alcohol-induced oblivion). She’d even help with his songs. And it would be total populist Hollywood wank, smooshy and sentimental, with an ending everyone can predict before the opening scene even starts.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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Jaws of Love - Tasha Sits Close to the Piano