11 Acorn Lane’s Time for Tea is a fresh combination of live instruments, synths, and vocals that coalesce to create this electronic jazz album. Its swing meets the 21st century electronic dance scene. The band is comprised of Neal Pawley and Thomas Fuerer. Pawley described the band name as an imaginary house where, “all kinds of instruments get together and do unexpected things.”
Songs like “Spend My Time With You” and “Swing Thing” are the most danceable tracks. Your foot immediately begins to tap as the song starts. The former is characterized by the romantic lyrics coupled with a fast paced and catchy chorus. The latter includes a hearth-thumping baseline that puts the listener in a trance. Each song is happily reminiscent of a 40’s pop song.
Overall, the album is very happy and exciting. All the beats are fun and uplifting. The track “Perfect” and “Let’s Face It I’m Cute” bring a smile to the listener. The songs transport the listener into a child like happiness with tuba, ukulele, scat, and electronic instruments.
Finally, the album incorporates a hint of foreign flair. “Horsey in Sleepsack” is a club banging Middle Eastern influenced track while “Caliente” is a hip moving yet unconventional Latin-derived dance song. Like any good dish, there needs to be some spice to pleasure one’s taste buds. These songs definitely break the monotony, if there is any, in this album by way of world music influences.
This upbeat and fast paced album is a breath of fresh air to jazz jivers, electronic enthusiasts, and music men (and women) all over.