Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Grouplove

I don’t like EP’s. That may sound a little ignorant, but to me the vast majority of them are either made up of half-arsed ideas not deemed good enough for full albums, or are stop-gaps which are simply rehashed once the LP drops. I still listen regardless, since they waste comparatively little of my time, but it usually takes something quite exceptional to really catch my attention within such a format. One band who did just that earlier in the year, though, were LA quintet Grouplove, with their self-titled debut release.

Revolving around themes such as the beach and surfing, their brand of sun-drenched indie-pop hardley represents pastures new, but there's an undeniable warmth and bounce to their songs which can put last year's slacker stars like Wavves and Best Coast to shame. In truth, not all of the six tracks hit the spot, but those which do hint at a rich potential which could be realised come the release of their full-length in September. They may have missed a trick with the autumn release date, as it’s bound to sound great in hazy afternoon festival slots, but if the rest of the record meets the golden standard set by signature song "Colours" then it really wont matter.

The album, entitled Never Trust a Happy Song is due to be released on September 5th in the UK, and September 13th in the US. In the meantime, you can stream most of the EP on the band’s Myspace.

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