The Los Angeles band NO is fronted by singer Bradley Hanan Carter, who upon first listen may remind you of The National’s Matt Berninger. Carter, a transplanted New Zealander, has one of those commanding big baritone voices that immediately grabs your attention. They’ve been playing around Los Angeles for the last several years to critical acclaim and an ever growing fan base and they recently released their debut full length, El Prado on Arts & Crafts Records. NO started in 2011 when Carter met Sean Daniel Stentz and released an EP, Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Here Forever, for free on their website. Since then, the band has grown to a six piece and their songs are filled with romanticism and an aura of melancholy. Sonically, they’re NO write excellent guitar-driven sing-along anthems. Their new album comes on like a cross between The Cure’s Wish and Love is Hell by Kitchens of Distinction, with a touch of Leonard Cohen angst thrown in the mix. Below, download “Leave The Door Wide Open,” from El Prado, and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” as a bonus download.
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