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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Discoverer 87: new indie findings

Courtesy of three infallible labels, here's another Sunday full of great discoveries, enjoy!

Soft Science. We move to Sacramento, CA, to introduce you the latest release from our dear label Test Pattern Records. The band, a quartet of well-known musicians from the local scene got together in 2010, releasing debut album "High and Lows" a year later, receiving consistent praise from critics. Now they are back with sophomore LP, "Detour", out now. Pretty unique, Soft Science infuses a pop sensibility to a shoegaze soul, with the sweet vocals of Katie Haley riding high among the waves of shimmering guitars, and propels the immediate catchiness of power pop vibes to dream pop territory with the inviting textures and sonic lushness. Engaging and rich, knock-out record!  
She Sir. Without leaving the States, now is time to check the first 2014's release from one of the best labels on Earth, Shelflife Records. Coming from Austin, Texas, this quartet came together after the initial project of Russell Karloff and Matthew Grusha, who met in college as music composition students, expanded into a full guitar-driven band. They debuted in 2006 with the self-released mini-album "Who Can't Say Yes", followed with the EP "Yens" in 2010. Critic recognition arrived and, that same year, Japanese label Happy Prince compiled all their material in the album "Ev'rything in Paris". After a digital single in 2012, She Sir are back with their proper debut LP "Go Guitars", out February 25th. Coined by press as “shimmer-pop”, they sound as Real Estate doing shoegaze, eternal pop drenched in reverb. Go guitars go, and never stop, what a blast!
The Pretty Greens. We end our trip in Philadelphia, thanks to our beloved February Records, to meet Carly, Julia, and Kool Schmool, a female trio that first came together in October of 2010, as Lust2Love, a tribute to one of their favorite bands, The Go-Go's. But in a matter of months, the band was already playing originals as The Pretty Greens. After some line-up changes, self-relesed debut EP  "Ghost World" came in August 2013, followed by single "When Krampus Calls" in December. And just out now on February Records arrives "Jealous Waves", a limited three tunes single on which the band offers an irresistible new dose of their very diverse and genuine pop-punk music. Feminist-grrrl attitude with many addictive pop faces.

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