Sealed With a Kish
By Joshua David Stein
It�s a classic case of liking the band you don�t know you know. Kish Mauve�s sticky blend of moody pop and electro-rock has sprung up in seduction scenes in Dirty Sexy Money and Lifetime�s Army Wives and appeared in a recent Rimmel London cosmetics ad with Kate Moss. In 2007, our favorite Aussie diva, Kylie Minogue, made the London duo�s song �2 Hearts� a hit (their own version was used by Dell).
�I think our music and lyrics are very catchy,� says Mima Stilwell, who with real-life partner Jim Eliot forms Kish Mauve. �There�s a definite happy-sad contradiction in the writing, so the songs feel emotional and stirring, good for TV and advertising.�
And good for the dance floor too. Nearly every one of the 11 songs on Kish Mauve�s debut album, Black Heart (out now on Conehead), seems destined for a club-bound makeover�think of them as the White Stripes for the going-out set. With more hooks than an Amish overcoat, Fred Falke�s excellent remix of �Lose Control,� for example, could very well become the house smash of the summer. And by that time, you�ll know exactly who you�re listening to.