I have a surprising amount of this sugar-sweet bubble gum indie-pop stuff in my CD collection.
These are albums full of light, breezy (and brief) tunes with doo-wop backing vocals, hi-energy choruses often from a male-female combo.
So far we’ve seen The Brunettes, Call & Response, as well as their 60s brethren. Some time in the middle of this century we might get to the Canadian masters of this stuff (The Salteens).
This here San Fran combo are slap bang in the middle of this genre, and mine its riches and are burdened with all its negatives.
The most upbeat, infectious tracks (Overcoat, Wonderful and Bub) hit the mark and evoke the silly Saturday afternoon shenanigans you’re looking for:
Elsewhere, the album is too restrained and slight to maintain attention. Songs wander past without you even noticing.
It turns out the lead man from this band went on to found the super successful musically-driven kids show Yo Gabba Gabba, which has a few appearances and contributions from the aforementioned Salteens (among many Indie-music types), including this rather terrifying number:
You can take this genre too far!!
File under: Beware of living life to its fullest
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This is the second album from a small, now defunct indiepop outfit from Winnipeg.
Sugar sweet and well-produced, this is like Juliana Hatfield without much of the angst. It’s less jarring than her too. The harmonies from the two female singers make a huge difference, boosting the sense of lusciousness.
The song-writing is very unforced and endearing (click on the pic to the left for some tunes). These guys sound meaningful even when confined to some “doooo, doooo, doooo”s.
All in all, I find this a very relaxing, yet uplifting album. It invokes a promise-filled spring day (rather than today’s windy sweatfest). There is so little pretension here, just a love of sweet tunes, some moog squelching and a bit of rocking out.
Turns out these guys went on to become Paper Moon. Will have to check them out.
File under: Sweet and shiny spring sounds