Eux Autres. Why took me so long to discover you? Born in Omaha but based in Portland, the Larimer brothers, Heather & Nicholas began their career a decade ago, with drummer Yoshi Nakamoto joining them since 2008. Three records, "Hell Is Eux Autres" (self-released, 2004), "Cold City" (Happy Happy Birthday To Me, 2007) and "Broken Bow" (Bons Mots, 2010) and a bunch (up to eight) of 7" and EPs (don't miss their last release to date, "Sunk Is Sunk", from 2012) conform a delicious career. Fire-powered pop, witty and pinching lyrics hidden behind candy-like vocals, plus an incredible talent to find the perfect melody, one after another. I've found a goldmine!
The Death of Pop. Atlantic cross to meet Oliver & Angus James, a young duo from London, that despite their somber (ironic, don't panic) name are making of this 2013 a debut year to remember. Presenting quality songs since January (hurry, check their bandcamp), with two physical, highly collectible releases out, the "Tombola" cassette and "The Soundbox Record Player" EP, they define their sound as "janglegaze". Confused? Don't fear. Think on The Smiths meeting Wild Nothing, or a synthesized Robert Smith dreaming of jangling guitars played by Kevin Shields. Listen them and replace confusion for a genuine pop excitement.