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Pepper Rabbit – Beauregard

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Pepper Rabbit is an experimental indie duo out from LA.  Their music runs the gamut from accordions to ukulele to trumpets and everything in between (even a clarinet song).  It’s difficult to categorize this band, ‘their’ sound varies song to song, but their dream pop sound is full of swooping  sounds that range upbeat poppy ukelele songs, to chamber pop clarinet like songs.  They can be absolutely gorgeous and sprawling, and epic sounding (In the Spirit of Beauregard) and they can be adventurous and fun (Babette!).

Without making assertions of grandeur© comparisons to Sufjan Stevens could be made here.  These songs don’t sound as much as simple songs, but rather orchestrations or arrangements of a large troupe, all together its exquisite in its ability to sound so enormous and come from something so small.

I’ve had a ton of fun with this album, and its becoming one of those albums that I’m kicking myself for not getting in to sooner.  But at least I’ve got chance to listen to it now, and enjoy.

They are also touring widely with a few bands, so check them out when they are in your city.

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Dylan Fox & the Wave

Where We Know Have you heard Dylan Fox & the Wave?  I hadn’t until I skimmed across a PMA post that lead me there.  Two brothers from Oakland CA, Dylan Fox & Sean Fox, recording out of their garage or basement, delivering a song that parallels a softer sounding Black Keys, a little less edge, but similar in style.  It might be a stretch to compare (its tough to live up to the Keys), but it’s just to give you and idea of their sound.  Its garage blues rock, that sounds as dirty as the floor they play on.  Producing…

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Fergus & Geronimo – Unlearn

Baby, Don’t You Cry Fergus & Geronimo have recently released their album Unlearn, which I’ve been listening to a lot over this past weekend.  Absorbing the experimental pop infused music they put out in this album, there are elements of 50’s doo wop, rollicking 60’s and 70’s punk, british invasion, tribal percussions, to say the least it’s wide ranging, eclectic but also just a lot of fun.  At first it may feel a bit jarring and strange because of all the stylistic changes, but it doesn’t seem to effect the overall quality of the album.  It’s diverse, eclecticism could be…

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La Sera – Devil Hearts Grow

Devil Hearts Grow This isn’t the first time La Sera has been here, they made a fantastic video about a murderous girlfriend which got my attention (through my love of horror, and for good music) and fast forward to today when I hear a second single entitled Devil Hearts Grow.  The song comes from La Sera’s self-titled album, which came out this week on HardlyArt.  I haven’t gotten an opportunity to listen the album over, but by the sounds of these two tracks I’m very excited to hear it.  The retro choir pop style that seems to be going around…

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Tennis – Cape Dory

Marathon Baltimore Take Me Somewhere Ultimately, if you are reading this, you’ve already heard the story a bunch of times, but for posterity, Husband and Wife duo of Tennis spent months aboard a sailboat (cope dory) sailing the east coast.  They took a chance at writing some songs based on their journeys, wrote, recorded and here we are in love with what they’ve done… both they symbolism and the music. Since the summer, tracks have surfaced again and again as the hype picked up.  Finally now we get a full body of work in this LP.  How is it as…

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Best Coast – Sunny Adventure

Best Coast-Sunny Adventure New Best Coast is shockingly upbeat.  The sunny indie-poppers kick it up about 10 notches on this one.  Its everything you’d expect in a Best Coast track, sped up.  The shimmering harmonies, sunny guitars, the slight reverb on the vocals all sound so fantastic;  It’s great to hear more from Best Coast, they keep the Seasonal Affective Disorder away.

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David Wax Museum – Chuchumbe

Chuchumbe Another track surfaced yesterday (Paste got the honors) from David Wax Museum’s upcoming album, Everything is Saved (due February 8).  Another foot-stompin mexican folk track with some interesting history.  The song was banned in mexico years ago by the catholic church because of its suggestive lyrics (chuchumbe is senegalese for bellybutton to bellybutton) and now it’s made it’s way back to boston.  Everything I’ve heard from David Wax has been fantastic, and this only builds more anticipation. If you are here in Boston, David Wax Museum will be throwing a release party that looks to be pretty amazing.  Grab…

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