TEACUPS: Forest Fiction
By Amanda Mills
Almost calling your album ‘The Sexy Night-Time Show’ is one way to get the attention of the record buying public but Teacups were never going to be that obvious. Teacups hail from Auckland, and formed when multi-instrumentalists Chelsea Metcalf and Elizabeth Stokes started busking together, adding bassist Talita Setyady after their first show at AK07. This debut album neatly showcases their interweaving three-piece harmonies and guitar-based melodies. Stylistically influenced by folk and a wee bit of alt-country, Teacups believe in magic and daydreams, with sweet tea sipped on an autumn day, though there is more to Teacups than the ethereal – personal relationships are dissected in the sad, resigned tone of Patches. Lead single Magic is a cheery sing-along with an instantly recognisable chorus, while Lily’s Eyes continues the magic theme, being about Harry Potter. Teacups’ material is sophisticated, with (mostly) sparse, uncluttered production that highlights the vocal interplay and simplicity of the songs. ‘Forest Fiction’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Parker (Artisan Guns, Clap Clap Riot) at Little Monster Studios, and is an intriguing, promising debut album.