Scala & Kolacny Brothers
Chances are you've heard Scala & Kolacny Brothers even without knowing it; their stunning version of Radiohead's 'Creep' was used for The Social Network trailer last year, leading us to eagerly anticipate their debut UK album - and it doesn't disappoint. What's extraordinary about Scala & Kolacny Brothers, made up of the classically trained Kolacny Brothers and a 200 strong Belgian all-girl choir, is that every track sounds deep, rich and full despite the vocals generally only having the sole accompaniment of pianos to support them, with the exception of a sumptuous stringed version of U2's 'With Or Without You' and their original compositions. Every re-imagining has been lovingly crafted to remain instantly recognisable but entirely unique and they even manage to make you forgive the completely unironic lyrics of 'Ironic', arguably the one questionable cover attempted. It's all topped off by the inclusion of three original tracks that bode well for their future, with the Sigur Ros-esque 'Seashell' the pick of the bunch thanks to its perfectly executed key change that you just can't help but be swept up in. Perhaps we're gushing and maybe it's all really a pastiche, albeit an extremely well-executed and gorgeous one, but unless someone can give us another album this year that moves and excites us as much as this one, we're unlikely to stop admiring. Exquisite.