Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Literature construct classic breezy intelligent indie/jangle pop with a sweetly fey demeanour. Aimed squarely at fans of the Field Mice, Orange Juice, McCarthy and The Smiths, this album comes over as classic-sounding Slumberland fare with hearty nods to the glory days of the late 80's
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When I was young I liked indie-pop. I even had a Field Mice T shirt. As a grown man of almost 42, unlike a load of other expanding men of my generation it now does little for me. The recent success of the re-emerging Slumberland label and those of its ilk seems to be that it can sell to youngsters enjoying the music the first time around and those old enough to recall the sight of people throwing themselves under buses when Sarah records called it a day.
Despite comparisons to the resolutely melancholy Field Mice and McCarthy, this is upbeat indie fare with a million and a one nods to the dangerously fey likes of Heavenly and their predecessors Tallulah Gosh. Its also like a speed-freak take on the recent wimp-pop of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. For all the reasons stated above I’m finding the album utterly unbearable and want to wring its neck with immediate effect. However, there will be many out there who love this fun and nippy take on the indie-pop template. Its certainly lively, brash and enthusiastic.
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