Berlin band Few Bits move to [Pias] for their sophomore album of doped up and hazed out jangly, shoe-focused, indie pop. On songs like Anyone Else there’s a 90s teen flick nostalgia going on here, there’s angst but it’s all a bit soft focused, while Summer Sun sits back more and offers more dreamy atmospheres.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 October 2016
If I could play guitar and write songs I’d like to think that I’d be able to write something like the opening track ’Summer Sun’ on this the second LP from these enjoyable Berlin based indie poppers. They use delicious twirling guitars to create a delightful mattress for Karolien Van Ransbeeck’s soft as silk vocals and atmospheres not far away from the hazed out feel of Real Estate. It’s a lovely opening to this LP but might make you sad as it sounds like the summer that has now well and truly gone.
Elsewhere they make nice atmospheric indie pop that will probably appeal to fans of Beach House and Mazzy Star. There’s a sheen to this music though - it’s very well produced and makes several references to those 80’s bands who matched jangling guitars with almost stadium-like atmospheres - I’m thinking the Sundays, the Wygals and Suzanne Vega. This sheen suits them though and on the title track they burst into a lovely chorus which tantalises with guitars trilling everywhere and a lovely keening melody. Almost having sensed that this is as mainstream as they want to go they toughen up on ‘Anyone Else’ with some scrattier guitars and a more lo-fi fuzzy feel. The more I listen to it the more that I think that Few Bits have made the album Best Coast have been trying to make for a few years. Marrying chiming 80s indie guitars with an ambitious '80s teen flick soundtrack scope without getting too cheesy. Their lilting slightly shoegaze melodies provide plenty of ear pleasers in this way remind me of Allvays and to a degree Melody's Echo Chamber.
Up beat feel good melodic guitar pop that you’d have to be a right misery guts not to enjoy. And when they sound sad they sound like Suzanne Vega so that's fine too.
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