Beautiful Science

Take five fashion savvy celeb’s, rough them up a bit, take away their fame, and give them instruments and artistic sounding qualifications. Welcome to Kovak, a pleasantly unpredictable indie band.

A-side ‘Beautiful Science’ starts off in Bob Dillon territory with some acoustic guitar and harmonica. Before long the hammond is drifting in, accompanied by sweet backing vocals and before you know it you’re into a body-swaying chorus that more than backs up the cocky biography accompanying the CD.

‘Shine’ has a Flickerstick-esque chorus with a Hollywood-Gospel feel. The distinctly British guitar solo pushes things up to the finale, Oasis style, and then it’s all over. Most of this song is all about that hooky chorus, but why not when you write one this good!

The effect on the vocal in the third track is more of a distraction than an enhancement, which is one reason the song seems rather flat compared to the first two. However, I remember a good friend telling me that two out of three ain’t bad.

It wouldn’t be fair to leave out the suggestion that they sound a little bit like Deacon Blue, but let’s all hope that Kovak can produce more music like this and that the rather trim front man doesn’t waste away entirely.

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Stuart 'Saur' Smith was a prolific writer for The Mag throughout the magazine's lifetime. He combined a day job of temporary office jobs in London with a nightlife of trawling the capital's music venues looking for talent. As well as writing about music, he was a session musician who featured on a number of singles in the 90s. Today, Stuart is a Chief Writer for Phonotonal.
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