SINGLE REVIEW: Please Mr. Postman by The KC Sisters

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The KC Sisters are a five-piece vocal harmony group who range from twenty one to fifteen year old twins, hailing from Connecticut. The five sisters, who are all also multi-instrumentalists, grew up in a very musical household. Their father is Professor of Jazz Studies at The Hartt School Of Music and acts as the musical director for the group. They originally formed as the Casey Girl Sisters in 2004 and released their first album in 2007. They have been performing as the KC Sisters since 2014.

This track, Please Mr. Postman, is a musically faithful cover of The Marvelettes hit from the 1960’s. The song is a perfect showcase for the Sisters’ vocal talents, both individually and collectively. Starting with the chorus in rich four and five-part harmony, the girls then switch to singing a line each on the verse, and each one has their own distinctive tone and timbre.

Their voices combined is a spectacularly rich sound, and the group harmonies are delivered with melodic and rhythmic precision. The musical backing is of a similarly high standard, with a Phil Spector-style arrangement that gradually builds across the track with soaring strings (performed by the Sisters!) towards the end of the song.

Overall, this is a fantastic modern cover of a timeless classic by a family group that hark back to the great vocal harmony groups of the 50’s and 60’s. The sisters are all highly accomplished vocalists in their own right, but together they produce a synergy that’s as strong a sound as perhaps the greatest harmony group, The Beach Boys. I look forward to hearing their original material as all members of the group are songwriters, which bodes well for their long term future. For now, this cover is the perfect introduction to the magical sound of The KC Sisters.

 

VERDICT: 8.8 out of 10 

Alex Faulkner

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