Melbourne-based duo Manor (formerly Our Husband) began in late 2010, when Nathaniel Morse headed home after a stint in Adelaide, and started writing and playing with Caitlin Duff. Inspired, variously, by The Beach Boys, the Cocteau Twins and Paul Simon, Manor make intricate, original pop, driven by arctic, jangling guitar, layered percussion and soaring vocals.
Manor's music conjures all the things good pop music should: longing, wonder, surprise, swooning. The duo's first single, Rhodesia, hits some pretty rarefied heights, combining spectral, lilting vocals with Nathaniel's icy, reverb-drenched guitar figures to immediate and devastating effect. Rhodesia is out now on iTunes. Manor's debut lp is currently being recorded, and is due for release in 2012.