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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Indie Anthology 62: essential songs

In a perfect world, the next song in our anthology would be the definition you find in dictionaries, the example music schools (if they teach that) use to explain what's a one-hit wonder... Simply a perfect jangle-pop (some might say twee) tune from a completely forgotten band... from Greece??? What I just said. A one-hit wonder... but what a wonder!!

Song: If She Doesn't Smile (It'll Rain)
Artist: Fantastic Something
Year: 1983

If you don't instantly fall in love with this song, let's face it, pop is not your thing. Which is utterly sad, because this is just a glorious tune, a slice of heaven made on earth, built on crystalline guitars. A lost treasure, suspended in memory and recovered by social networks, created by Alex and Constantin, the Veis brothers, Boston, Massachussets natives but brought up in Greece. There's a bit more of history as well as a little more on their songs out there, but nothing comes close to this gem (although it's on my-to-do list to check the 85' Cherry Red album properly). It's all about the melody and the feeling you couldn't skip one single note, as if the whole tune was assembled in one piece, like a waterfall of guitars, permanently there, intricate, merged one into the other, brightly shimmering together. Ringing in your ear, and memory. Forever.

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