Weird is good sometimes, usually in small doses. But sometimes things are just so weird that they actually work. Take one of the covers of the summer – Run Toto Run’s cover of Passion Pit’s Sleepyhead. The original itself was quite a bizarre, beautiful contraption in itself – all claps and high pitched vocals. Going for a straight forward version would be well out of most band’s artistic reach. What Run Toto Run did was what any sensible band would do – that was to strip it back, simplify and make it their own. the result is – well, it’s breathtaking.
What’s encouraging is how the band have moved on from early hype to start making a name for themselves with their own songs, and with their Plastic Gold EP they really illustrate the talent they harbour. Run Toto Run seem to ahve their whole sound set up around vocalist Rachael Kitchenside’s vocals, which sit somewhere between Imogen Heap and Regina Spektor (I don’t mean to be cliché, but they do), whereas the musical backdrop is always delicate and beautiful, filled with violins and casios, just as any good band should be. They impressed everyone who saw them at In The City and it’d be more than a shock if there’s not a lot more to come from these.