Saturday 24 August 2013

CHARMS - Ladybug/Father Winter

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PERHAPS WE SHOULD START WRITING ALL OUR REVIEWS IN CAPITAL LETTERS IF THAT'S HOW MOST BANDS SEEM TO INSIST ON WRITING THEIR NAMES NOWADAYS. That would get bloody annoying after a while though, so we won't. The latest band to shout their name in our faces are CHARMS and, rather than being rude, they're actually quite agreeable. This new double A-side appears to be only their second release, following a debut in January.

If it's conventional DIY sounding indie that you're after then 'Father Winter' is probably the most normal of the two, although it's smothered in echo and reverb and isn't particularly commercial. It's a top tune though and is comparatively easy to listen to, albeit in a kind of psychedelic way, not unlike MGMT when they go off on one. It's 'Ladybug' that's the odder of the two. There is a conventional tune hidden in there somewhere, but the effects and the production make it a bit like trying to spot a guy in camouflage gear hiding in the jungle. It chimes and reverberates and chops and changes, and despite its seeming awkwardness is another fine effort.

CHARMS' website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

THU 05 SEP Chop Suey, Seattle, WA, US
SAT 30 NOV The Comet Tavern, Seattle, WA, US

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