Published May 27, 2008Though she dresses a little like a drag queen doing Charos fruit headdress phase, describes herself as "Harry Potter with a vagina and has a single called, er, "Dont Fart On My Heart (really), Ebony Bones (nee Thomas) is actually a pretty fly gal. And people Timbaland, Basement Jaxx, Jarvis Cocker, Grace Jones (!) - are taking note of this former soap star (Britains Family Affairs), whos quickly following in the footsteps of another soap alum, Ms. Kylie Minogue.
But despite the BBC airplay and obvious pop star potential, the comparisons to Kylie stop there. Ebony is a child of post-punk, oddly enough, cutting her teeth on the robust sounds of Liquid Liquid, Siouxsie and the Slits (whose Ari Up reportedly requested to perform with Bones). The bewilderingly titled "Dont Fart On My Heart sounds a lot like Bow Wow Wow V3.0, with the same tribal drum blast that made them stars with "I Want Candy, and a fearless vocal that makes Annabella Lwin sound like lil jailbait, which I guess she was back in their day. Never mind. Most impressive of all is, even though it is in the chorus, Ebony makes you oblivious to the absurdity of the songs title, thanks to its feral nature.
"We All Know About You, on the other hand, sounds as if shes already cashed in that Basement Jaxx invite, using a sinister synth riff and shuffling percussion that explodes into whistles, a rampant house beat and menacing vocals. Im sure its a coincidence, but the track is almost exactly a hybrid of Jaxxs "Bingo Bango and "Wheres Your Head At, which of course, means its rather brilliant.
Word has it that Richard X (Annie, Róisín Murphy, M.I.A.) and Future Cut (Sugababes, Estelle, Kelis) are both working on her debut album, which Ebony has described as one for "the iPod generation, where "every track will be different from the last.
Move over Santogold...
Ebony Bones "We All Know About U
Ebony Bones "Dont Fart On My Heart