BRONCHO is my new-ish favorite band. (I'm a little bit late to the party, but once arrived I'm infamous for wearing out my welcome.) It sounds like music a guy like me might create, if I created music. (Stay tuned for more on my fledgling music career.) And as a frustrated graphic designer, I love their album art aesthetic. Double Vanity is their latest record--take that, Yoko!--but I've been playing Just Enough Hip to Be Woman pretty much nonstop. To my ears, it's a collection of near-perfect summertime tunes.
Nothing says summer like synthpop, a lesson Kristin Kontrol, formerly Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls, seems to have learned recently. I came of age during the heyday of many of this record's more vital influences, so I guess that makes me a targeted member of her audience. But I'm a longtime fan of Dum Dum Girls ("Season in Hell" is in heavy rotation on my go-to playlist), and I'm thrilled to see Kristin reinvent herself this way. Sounds to me a lot like the American Dream by way of the Second British Invasion.
Bat for Lashes is one of those bands whose records I buy sight unseen (or ears unheard). But "Sunday Love" left little doubt in my mind that this one would live up to Natasha Khan's stellar reputation. (The fact that I recently penned the lyrics for a song titled "The Bride," which appears on the Lyrics page of this site, only reinforces my feeling of her as a kindred spirit.) Aren't summer weddings the best?!?