Seattle has become synonymous with grunge, but this Seattle duo of Kristin Henry and Brad Boettger are taking that darkness and doing something very different with it. “Weekends” is a sinister mix of nebulous melodies and menacing beats that comes off like Purity Ring embracing their more immediate elements. It comes backed by “No Lights”, which takes the ethos of “Weekends” and twists it into something more desperate, with Henry’s ethereal vocals being pummelled by Boettger’s skittering beats. Given they’ve such a seemingly complete identity, it’s almost unbelievable that this is the duo’s first unveiled material – hopefully they’ll be adding much more to that already impressive back catalogue in the new year.
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An outrageously well cultivated beard, anti-elitist social commentary and scandalous innuendos combine to give us one of 2013’s last fine videos. Back in July when we first admitted our affection for Fé, we managed to contain our excitement enough to make the reasoned observation that “if they have any more gems like this hidden away… they’ll be more than an exciting prospect.” ‘She Came’ proves to be just that, as chiming, calypso guitars wrap around Leo’s wry lyrics. That makes two from two, and more than an exciting prospect, by our maths. Expecting many more reflective and disarmingly simple pop songs from this duo in the new year.
Youthful Ascot trio Febueder’s restless creativity has reached such a point that their recently unveiled track ‘Sloppiness Tank’ manages to condense at least two brilliant songs into a mere four minutes. It begins sounding like one of Animal Collective’s slightly more lucid moments, before blossoming into a snarling, reverb-flooded finale that would do Foals proud. November 25th sees them release their debut EP, ‘Soap Carv’, and if their only other available track, ‘Alligator’, is anything to go by, it’s guaranteed to be eccentric, trippy and completely worth getting hold of.