CD single £2.99 PHOP031
3x3" CD EP on Philophobia.
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Bargain priced little three-way split here between The Do's (can't look at that without thinking the apostrophe shouldn't be there...but if you take it away you get The Dos, which sounds like a Spanish duo...but wouldn't that be El Dos [or even Los Dos]?), Fur Blend and Clandestines. They each get a 3” CD of their own with two songs apiece, and there's a download too just in case you can't figure out how to put the tiny discs into your computer's comically oversized 5” CD drive. Anyway, The Do's's offerings are both upbeat indie pop numbers with admirably chunky '90s-style production and slightly reedy vocals that remind me a bit of Brian Molko. Fur Blend continue the upbeat indie pop theme but crank up the twee levels with boy-girl vocals and handclaps and everything on 'Deer Stalker'. This shit's twee-er than MJ Hibbett eating ice cream on a pedalo, but that doesn't mean it's not good. In fact it's mega catchy and delivered with enough abandon to avoid the usual safe 'n' staid pitfalls of the kitsch practitioner. Definitely my favourite track on this little comp. Sadly, though, their more downbeat and ultimately forgettable second track 'Bones' doesn't avoid them quite so well. Last up are Clandestines, with a bold late '90s stadium indie sound and quite chatty-sounding vocals that remind me a bit of Alexei from Johnny Foreigner. I'd have loved this stuff about 15 years ago. The guitars twinkle busily and the lyrics are quite dense and the tones are excellent. Their second track 'Heavy Now' once again pares the sound down to slightly disappointing effect. Once again it sounds like they're trying to sound a bit like Johnny Foreigner but there's no real hooks to grab onto so it just kinda settles into an inoffensive indie rock mush. There's nothing here you've not heard before but if you wanna nerd up on the newest bands before the next Indietracks there'd be worse places to start. And that first Fur Blend song is a must-listen for any twee aficionado.
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