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Twee devotees rejoice: continuing Britain’s legacy of featherweight jangle pop is London’s latest export, Flowers. They have supported acts like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Young Marble Giants on tour, and made their maiden voyage to the States for NYC’s 2013 Popfest. In their 2014 debut album, Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do, they rise from the noisy, muffled depths of the fuzz pop tradition and come out with a crystal clarity, allowing Rachel Kenedy’s creamy soprano to fully stand out against a no-frills, three-piece setup.
Moreno Veloso’s first album since his Music Typewriter debut thirteen years ago captures the whimsy of an informal gathering of friends who love to make music together and chill — the only difference is that the sonic hangout sessions were recorded in nine studios across Brazil, New York, and Japan and assembled an orbital cast of about 30 musicians.Coisa Boa’s air of familial warmth is so palpable it seems only natural that some of the rehearsals took place while Veloso’s children slumbered peacefully into the night, infusing an ambience of hushed respite in the recording process.
Santiago native Yael Meyer also lives up to her hype as a brilliant pop composer. But unlike some of her Chilean comrades whose primary selling points are vintage synth hooks and disco-infused beats, this LA-based singer-songwriter also draws heavily on her folkloric roots. Growing up on Andean folk from her father’s Nueva Canción collection, the quirky musician understands the value of storytelling, and the splendor of nylon guitar strings.
Proviant Audio starts with digital creations by Tønsberg, Norway-based producer Mathias Stubø. Even if it stopped there, Drift Days & Disco Nights would still be more fun than just about most nu-disco records. But the party is taken to the next level by Stubø’s eight-piece band, who flesh out cut-and-paste glam tunes with horns, keys, and the funkiest bass riffs of the 1970s. (Who needs robot helmets, right?)
Hailing from Leeds, Hookworms are a band of multiple personalities that compete for attention within every song. The immediate effect comes from experimenting with textures that will make you doubt your senses, and question whether or not you actually heard the catchy track you were just bopping along to. Honestly, it’s a bit puzzling how a catchy hook like the guitar riff in the single “On Leaving” bounces back and forth in the chorus that curiously feeds into long, droning but barely shaped moments.