Album of the Month - June 2019
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Has anyone noticed Pip Blom is an anagram of limb pop? When you hear some of these catchy lo-fi guitar hits that make you want get up and go, you realise how fitting that really is.
Amsterdam based Pip Blom (guitar and vocals/band name), her brother Tender Blom (guitar vocals/great name), Darek Mercks (bass/another fantastic name), Gini Cameron (drums) released a slew of singles and an EP to much acclaim. Their debut album, Boat, has all the energy and charm of those early singles with a clear injection of self-assurance.
A thick, buzzy bass throughout gives the record a warmth to the simple set-up, whilst the vocals dance back and forth between the two siblings. The shimmering song craft stands out as star of the show, glistening with the lo-fi charm of some fairy lights in the garden. Sunny riffs, urgently yelpy choruses and brit-pop ear worms that stick in your head all day. Lyrically it's young and fresh, songs about boys and girls, love and lust, frustration and confusing feelings.
This is the poised indie-pop album just in time for summer. Touches of The Breeders, The Cardigans, Courtney Barnett with some endearing teenage vocals.
Albums of the Month
2. Flying Lotus - Flamagra
3. The Mystery Lights - Too Much Tension
4. Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) - The Healing
5. Mac DeMarco - Here Come The Cowboy
6. Petrol Girls - Cut And Stitch
7. Eluvium - Pianoworks
8. Vanishing Twin - The Age of Immunology
9. Hayden Thorpe - Diviner
10. Death and Vanilla - Are You A Dreamer?