Alternative indie-rockers Seconds showcase their dissonant-and-catchy sound together with partners in crime JOYA. Made possible by the folks at Soft Power, this split EP gives us a positive outlook on the future of indie pop, with JOYA keeping an eye on the melodic and gentle side of things. A match made in 250 limited edition vinyl pressing only!
Split LP on Soft Power. Edition of 250 copies.
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Seconds perform indie rock as a delightful, mindless romp: a quartet playing with a conventional set up and a couple of organ/keyboard additives here and there, they go straight for the hooks and focus tunes around them, adding in quirks and extras as and when, so deal with it, okay? “Crawl Space” sends out squeaky keys and a psychedelic riff, letting them fight each other for the Best Catchy Bit Of Song award as Hillary Van Scoy repeats the same mantra to herself ad nauseum. The rest of their songs take their chorus as a blueprint and downsize on song time, with “Rest” and its grizzly guitar sounding shot out of early days Eels and “Part of a Cult” having the swirling joy of Ponytail as straightened out with a Blondie-esque melody.
There is another band, and they are called Joya, and all is well on this front. Vocalist Robert Sotelo sounds like a croaking, British version of Dan Bejar, and the folks around him make a garage-rock mess of their instruments -- the drums loose, the bass just about audible, the guitars unwinding with a thousand unkind string bends. Joya will appeal to fans of the recent outburst of Aussie indie rock, the stuff tinged with noise but creaking with tweedom in the vein of Dick Diver and UV Race. Nice stuff, economically delivered.
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