Full-length album the first from She-Devils. This duo take an intuitive, DIY approach to creativity, making all their own artwork and videos. Furthermore, Audrey Ann Boucher had never played music before forming the band, so her vocals have grown organically alongside the whole concept of She-Devils. Fine surfy indie-pop from Montreal, released by Secretly Canadian.
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Here's some more surfy guitar pop for you from these fans of John Waters and Quentin Tarantino - you can certainly feel the cinematic influence in their otherwise straightforward pop compositions. The complex 'Hey Boy' wraps the Bangles up with 50's doo-wop and modern day electronic wizardry. The yearning quality of the vocals have an almost Morrissey-esque appeal but I can't decide if the electronic swoops are actually distracting me. I'll get back to you on that.
They certainly have a bigger sonic palette than the likes of Cherry Glazer and Best Coast and use all manner of loops and synths which blends into their sound. It doesn't feel tacked on per se but it means these songs are awful busy. Take 'Darling' which takes the 'His Latest Flame' riff re-appropriates it for the modern age with a myriad of technicolour synths. Sometimes it sounds like Animal Collective are producing some early Beach Boys with Suzanna Hoffs singing. It's certainly a unique sound but I'm finding all the things happening at once a bit wearing on the ear.
9/10 Telguapo Customer review, 23rd May 2017
It's rare to get an interesting poptastic quirky bouncing girl of a vinyl, but She Devils have popped it out!! It's a pleasingly strange sounding, low key groover, it has the hooks, and she has the voice, of maybe Nancy Sinatra's younger dark haired sister that tends to sit under trees and probably dreams in Technicolor widescreen. This whole album has somehow captured my imagination, and spun it's web of silky vocals and venomous undercurrents plinky plonking into my psyche. It's brilliant to not be able to compare it to the glut of Van Etten, Olsen's, or the reemergence of shoe gazing bands, and that's why it holds my attention. I like the way the songs sound like performances, and she sounds like she means it, which comes across in the sublime Blooming, it's like the Thunderbirds supermarionation but in vinyl... The best test is if you find yourself singing the songs in your head and wanting to put it on again. ( which happened ). I keep singing The World Laughs, cos it's like a jungle rainbow ice cream party in my brain!!!!
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