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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Discoverer 108: new indie findings

We reach December, so it's time to prepare our best-of-the-year-lists. But before the drama begins, three more proposals at our Discoverer Series for your ears only. Enjoy!

Fire Island Pines. Thanks to the always excellent Blog Don't Eat the Yellow Snow I can introduce you to this sextet from Wadebridge, Cornwall, UK. Formed in late 2010, they made their debut with 'Bratislava' EP a year later, followed by another EP, 'Rickie Lee Jones' on early 2012. After the limited 7" '1915 / Midwest' on our dear Manic Pop! Records in 2013, this year we can finally enjoy their first full album, entitled 'True Grit' and available since July through Firestation Records. Go check it out. You're going to find Jarvis Cocker-alike-vocals, jangly guitar lines, irresistible melodies and... trumpets! A truly great indiepop find!

Childsaint. Back to Perth, Australia to meet this all-female quartet, initially, in early 2013, a project for songwriters Chloe McGrath and Jane Azzopardi but expanded into their full form band in 2014 with drummer Ashlyn Koh and bass player Rhian Todhunter. A couple of tunes surfaced online in February 2013, followed this year by 'Dessert' anticipating single from 'sick' EP their debut release, out since September. Four exciting tunes, buried in haze, fed in dreams, darkness and beauty comprised within intriguing music pills, with a style that can remind you bands like Warpaint or Hella Better Dancer. Haunting pop hypnosis.  
No/No. And we end in Milwaukee, USA, with a band recently born from the ashes of The Delphines, named one of the best local bands of the 2010s and with a very recommendable album 'Hush', out in early 2014. But focusing in this newborn group, with first EP 'Drag' out on Milwaukee Record since late October, and another one, entitled 'XO', to arrive next week, now we have at least 8 great reasons to be excited. No/No makes instantly catchy, contagious music. Pop very high on added vitamins merging 80s new wave, waves of reverb with softly whispered vocals. Dark and sweet. Bubblegum candy, all-dressed in black. The most pleasant surrender.

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