As we’re all looking back on the year 2019, I tend to gravitate towards lists with little agenda, other than to shine a light back on the year in the areas I adore. For one, the indiepop scene. Now, there’s always a great big debate about what indie pop is, so for all intents and purposes, I admit that I just don’t care, so the genre’s purists can yell at me later. Now, this may read as a best of, but merely this is the stuff that stuck out in my brain, so if I missed something, I love you and I’m sorry. Honestly, it just gave me a chance to make a fun playlist (2+ hours!) full of hits for all you pop fans.
Love waking up and finding catchy ditties sitting in the old inbox, especially when it’s a group that’s already been on my radar for sometime, like Blue Jeans. The Michigan outfit are sort of scatterbrained, but always knocking about in the realms of indiepop…as they are with this new single. It’s got a nostalgic pop lean to it, though it’s woven through a light jangle and playful male/female vocal trade. It’s simplicity gives it this timelessness that listeners will keep coming back to, if they need a fill up on saccharine sweetness. Look for the groups new LP, Adult Hits to drop on Mary 17th via Bobo Integral.
When a band lists Comet Gain, The Rentals and Go Betweens (among others) as influences or approved acts you should like, I’m going to get behind them, which is where I started with Blue Jeans (who formerly went by Santa Monica Swim and Dive Club). The group is prepping the release of their debut for Jigsaw Records (also personally approved); it’s titled Songs Are Easy. On the group’s fist singe from it begins with an indiepop stomp, but I can hear some of the singer Tim Sendra’s folkier influences dangling out there until accompanying vocals via Heather Phares carry you into a more blissful arena. This thing’s all warm-fuzzes all the time; look for the debut on May 6th.