Queer politics with a fun twee indie twist, The Smittens are a 6-piece from Burlington, Vermont. This mini album marks something of a turning point for the band as it features singer Dana Kaplan as a girl for the last time (pre-transition, pre-new voice). It comes in one of six individual screen-printed sleeves and with a free download code. The record also includes a cover of The Indigo Girls classic 'Closer to Fine'.
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- FIKA039LP / 5 track 10" EP on Fika - 6 different screen-printed sleeves
- Includes download code
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 September 2014
Open hearted pop revolutionaries The Smittens return with this, their last record before singer & guitarist Dana Kaplan transitions to a lad and therefore gets a new huskier voice once the testosterone kicks in. So enjoy the old one it while it lasts. Several vocalists take turns at singing therefore old lags like me are confused at who is singing what anyway.
I like this band and you know why? They have some fabulous tunes. Opener ‘Upper West Side’ is dangerously catchy and sounds a very, very cheerful Magnetic Fields. You’ll be humming it all day I promise. Singer Colin (a man singlehandedly keeping Lawrence from Denim’s combover in the public’s hearts and minds) has a great baritone voice which suits this track perfectly. ‘Pants on Fire’ is no joke, this is a lovely haunting track that has something of the ‘California Dreaming’ about it. Their cover of Indigo Girls ‘Closer to Fine’ seems to dispense completely with the melody of the original, instead marrying its wordy delivery to bleepy indie electronica. ‘These Days’ is not unlike Why? with an indiosyncratic scatted delivery over some heartfelt indie-hop.
Its twee for sure and as the album continues it seems to get more and more cutesy but I like this a lot. They are fun, they seem like really good folks and they write some catchy tunes.
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