If you can't get enough of that nostalgic and plaintive jangle pop sound as purveyed by the likes of Real Estate, Horsebeach and Wild Nothing then Hoops could be the band for you. After their excellent and swoonsome self titled 12" last year 'Routines' promises an album of perky pop and sweet treats for fans of the Smiths and Sarah Records.
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I call it the sunny day trilogy. This album, the Real Estate one and the forthcoming Beach Fossils all seem to get played in the office on sunny days (rare) or usually by me when I need a cheer up (pretty much every day).
Some days I think Hoops is the best one. It’s certainly the most immediate with that in-vogue compressed sound that makes the record feel as though it’s being pumped through an old AM radio but also the tangles of guitars are reminiscent of anyone who has a made me happy in the past. There are shades of the Field Mice on the opening ’Sun’s Out’ (natch) but the main influence here is Felt. These bright and shiny guitars tangle around the melodies in a way not seen since Maurice Deebank disappeared to who knows where. Hoops sometimes get it just right, ‘On Top’ is my favourite thing here a lovely floating melody that seems to simplify guitar pop to it’s base elements. Like Horsebeach of late , Hoops also mess with 80’s sounding synths here and there which on the instrumental ‘Benjals’ makes them sound so much like Felt that you can imagine all tapestry guitar straps were banned from the sessions.
Hoops songs are short too - usually clocking in at just over a couple of minutes so if you don’t like one it will soon be over but I’m having a hard time working out why you wouldn’t like this. It’s summer grooves constantly bring a smile to my face. Lovely warm pop for when the sun eventually does creep through.
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