The Australian indie-dance duo Oh Pep! will be releasing the LP I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You on the 26th of October.
Oh Pep! – photo credit – @ebruyildiz
Carving out plenty of space for themselves in what is otherwise a very crowded area the fiddle and mandolin enable Oh Pep! to create music which, whilst is ideal at summer beach barbecues, is of intricate and absorbing folksy texturing.
The first song to surface from the ten track album (available directly from their website) is the fifth – What’s The Deal With David?.
An intriguing four and a twelfth minutes song (available on bandcamp) which straddles to anchors of very different construct.
A burring rock percussion and bass which gives the track impetus and gravitas is topped by a boy-band style vocal with guitar gently sewing the two together. Far from natural audiences of either party recoiling in horror I do posit – give it a few moments on your ear and whichever camp you start from – within the first half a minute or so the contrasts will not seem like an arch nemesis – rather a natural amalgam and by the end likely to be interested to discover more of the catalogue.
The English indie-dance quartet Pale Waves are working towards their début LP for later in the year.
Having already established a solid live audience and a series of successful singles and an EP the latest single to be released Kiss, which came out on the 15th, can only enhance their reputation and reach.
A deft ability in songwriting enables Pale Waves to traverse the knife edge between pop music plastic and heartfelt, genuine creativity which enables them to secure both mainstream and indie interest without alienating either.
The US indie-dance quartet VRSTY released the single Neon on the 27th of April.
Carefully negotiating the chasm between rock and pop VRSTY are able to navigate the sharp cliff-faces and reveal music which holds both interest to those who like shiny veneer and those who prefer gouged natural wood without disappearing in to a vortex of their own making.
It will be interesting to discover how things develop for the quartet over time as the tensions between the two very disparate: natural audiences; styles of music; presentation and, most importantly, natural affinity could all so easily snap in to fragments.