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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Discoverer 59: new indie findings

Another round of our Sunday's proposals. Big music crushes for your listening pleasure!

Brothers In Law. So happy to go back to Italy and the We Were Never Being Boring collective (when is Be Forest coming back?) now with the discovery of this band from Pesaro, active since 2011. Formed initially as a duo, they released a s/t EP, then became a trio, put out a single and prepared their debut first album in late summer, coming out early this year. "Hard Times For Dreamers" is a hidden gem. Post-punk hints, dream-pop open chords, a youthful,  jangly spirit, mundane and recognisable lyrics, and the feeling the right influences have been astonishingly absorbed and channeled into something completely of their own. Knock-out mini-album. Band to keep close.

The Adelines. We move north to Swansea, Wales, to meet a quartet formed in 2011 (borrowing the band's name from their neighbour's cat). Two singles, "Little Games" and forthcoming "Alleyways", out in May 6th on Kissability Records, are their only releases to date, but what a couple of spectacular tunes. Defined by the label as "sepia summertime indie pop perfect for an indie shuffle", this is instant, classic indiepop drowned in the best of the 90s, propelled by Jennie Morris sweet vocals and guitars soaking with reverb. Comparisons with a poppier version of the Throwing Muses are still excessive, but the potential and promise is there.

The Birthday Kiss. And out third proposal hails from London/Leeds. Formed in 2012 by Ben Siddall (former member of the great The Lodger) and Sarah Williams (ex-The Research), the group has been creating a handful of songs (don't miss the chance of hearing "Choking"), and now they release, on Death Party Records, their official debut, a double A side 7" single, "Can You Keep A Secret?/ Worth It", while announcing they are currently working on their first album. Charming indiepop with a beat and soulful vibe, that quoting the always wise Skatterbrain's blog definition sounds like "some kind of perfect Saint Etienne cum Language of Flowers territory". Mostly irresistible.

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