Posts Tagged ‘twee pop’

June 12, 2017
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I just shared the new video for Diet Cig’s Barf Day over the weekend, and here we are again, partaking in the acclaimed New York pop punk duo’s charming music as they drop a fresh new single on us fans. Together We Can Conquer Whatever is a brand new treat too (not from their recent debut album), which the pair have released as a contribution to upcoming Amazon Original Special “An American Girl Story – Summer Camp, Friends For Life.” The head wagging gem is meant to represent young girls in a positive, meaningful way. It’s a saccharine lifting treat from a band who certainly seem like they can “conquer whatever” as they continue to provide us with dulcet lilting yet raw affecting tunes. Snag the song from Amazon, here.

June 8, 2017

New York pop punk duo Diet Cig released their debut album Swear I’m Good At This earlier this year, and all the critical acclaim it received was well deserved. Sadly, despite their popularity at SXSW earlier this year and their stop in San Francisco, I’ve yet to catch Alex and Noah live. That’s at the top of my list as something that needs to change. In case you haven’t caught wind of it yet, Diet Cig released a music video for their endearing single Barf Day yesterday. It’s an adorable clip that goes hand in hand with some of the song’s lyrics about birthday parties and ice cream. And any chance to revisit the angst ridden, raw and earnest tune is a good one in my books. Despite its gritty crunching scuzz, Barf Day is so melodically enticing and a whole lot of fun. Swear I’m Good At This is out via Frenchkiss, snag it here.

May 4, 2017
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I’m always drawn to Kero Kero Bonito’s playfully teasing tunes, so colorfully inflected with popping, crackling electronica and so often inspired by the modern aesthetic of Japanese pop. Much beloved NYC indie singer songwriter Frankie Cosmos must be a fan of the British trio, too. She’s offered up a “remix” of Kero Kero Bonito’s Fish Bowl, except this isn’t really a remix as much as a full on cover. Fish Bowl’s received a full on makeover as Frankie Cosmos turns it into a charming guitar pop jangler, turning in her own vocals and giving it a youthful and hearty crunch. Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos explains that KKB is one of the few bands that all four of the members of her band love and admire with equal fervor. Needless to say, they had a great time recording their “remix”. 

February 11, 2017
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Lucky Girl I really am to encounter this new tune from Fazerdaze, a project created by New Zealand based singer songwriter Amelia Murray. Of course, the hazy dream pop meets gazey indie rock gem isn’t the first time we’ve readily succumbed to this band’s hazey intoxication, but it has been a year since we’ve partaken in their charming music together. Lucky Girl is a bittersweet delight that reels in the same part of my heart that also loves bands like Day Wave, Hazel English, and Yumi Zouma. Our fortunes abound as Fazerdaze has announced a debut album named Morningside, out  on May 5th via Flying Nun Records. It’ll be the perfect springtime treat. 

February 9, 2017
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A warm and inviting peppiness welcomes us as we slide our way into the latest from Seattle indie pop duo SISTERS. Honey Honey truly is saccharine and sweet, yet underneath it all, the song houses wistful and lavish depth in its chord shifts and synth flourishes. It all reminds me of the theme song from Twin Peaks and how it displays a similar sort of duality. The song is lifted from SISTERS’ debut album Drink Champagne, due out shortly on Valentine’s Day. You can pre-order from their website, here.

February 4, 2017

Denver indie pop husband wife duo Tennis is back at it again, spellbinding us with their creative vision and dreamy, wiry music on new single Modern Woman. This vintage twangy, smoky supple gem from Tennis’ forthcoming album Yours Conditionally comes with an austerely captivating video. For all its delicate softness, Modern Woman is a sharply cutting lullaby, a tenacious and willful beauty. That contrast seems to be reflected in Modern Woman’s video, a very feminine display of obstinate reds and stoic statuesque mannerisms.You can pre-order Tennis’ new album Yours Conditionally ahead of its release on March 10th, here.

June 30, 2016

There’s a certain truth that resonates with me when it comes to the long title of this song, All You Gotta Be When You’re 23 Is Yourself. I remember being 23 and how less complicated life seemed to be back then. All I was at that age was myself, and there seemed to be far less to worry about outside of the present moment. Indeed there’s a certain earnestness and sincerity to Free Cake For Every Creature’s lo-fi guitar pop, and their new music video for the song is just as straight forward intimate and endearing. The song comes from the Philadelphia based band’s debut album Talking Quietly Of Anything With You, which came out earlier this year. Aside from an apparent penchant for long names and a generosity when it comes to cake, this band is also thoroughly captivating and charming with their Wolf Alice gone lo-fi twee sound. Free Cake For Every Creature will be touring with Diet Cig this September. Their debut album is available from Double Double Whammy.

January 5, 2016

I was hoping to share this new video with you before I headed out to freeze into a popsicle at SnowGlobe Music Fest in South Lake Tahoe last week, but I must admit, it’s pretty nice to return to the cozy warmth and jangly noise pop of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. Though their new song is named Hell, it really feels much closer to heaven. The endearingly angsty track is the title song from the band’s recent EP, and its accompanying new video is a chill, laid back treat shot in 16mm.