This glittery indie pop sounds like it was either recorded or played back underwater. I mean that in the nicest possible way. Sunbeams glistening through and lapping against your feet, blurring the edges, it’s dreamy and quite intoxicating. Hoops soothe away the annoyances of the day, why have you put the heating on and opened the window? Just press play, oh, ahhhhh.
9/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 August 2016My week off taught me that it is possible to live while only listening to music you like. The first Monday back was therefore a shock to the system especially when the How To Dress Well album got an airing. Thankfully Hoops make my worlds collide, they make music I like which I can listen to while I work. I feel so happy about this that I’ll do my best to sell you a copy of their debut EP which I can summarise as the sort of music you’d choose to listen to whilst running through a sprinkler. Opener ‘Cool 2’ is a fabulous slice of jangling ice lolly pop with a riff Real Estate might reject for just being too sun-dappled alongside gorgeous laid back vocals presumably about doing very little at all. Fans of Triptides and Wild Nothing should be already striking the buy button even before ‘Yeah’ drifts it’s way in from some kind of morning fog. They have such a wonderful underwater sound that you sort of begin to think they have something to hide but the songs are lovely too. ‘Going Strong’ and ‘Gemini’ suggest that there’s some way to go before they become ‘classic songwriters’ as such but both sounds so good on the ears that all is forgiven. ‘Give it Time’ though features perfect gentle jangles whispering sweet nothings at you and features a time change which makes the song go even slower. As nice as a long summery slurp of ice cool squash.
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