Originally published and still available on The Girls Are (14/11/14). Deers changed their name to Hinds in Jan 2015.
Winter may already be resolute in its chill, but if you are already longing for the far away summer heat then you would do well to bask in the warmth of the dulcet tones of Deers. The band, hailing from the sunny capital of Spain, have doubled in size since they first appeared a year ago, with the original duo of Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosials enlisting new cohorts Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen in order to expand their originally minimalist sound.
Even in their most recent incarnation, their songs are very ‘bare bones’, but it is that implied childish naivety that makes them so charming. The two tracks that make up ‘Barn’ bring to mind the beach tones of Best Coast, the care-free slacker observations of Mac DeMarco and the garage sound of The Black Lips. ‘Barn’ builds on their popular demos, ‘Bamboo’ and ‘Trippy Gum’ but offers a more realized sense of where the band intend to take their sound, especially now this is their first installment as a four piece. The drudging first moments of ‘Castigadas en el Granero’ transform into a potent slice of upbeat pop, vocals ricocheting back and forth conversationally, whilst the lo-fi nature of ‘Between Cans’ marries girl gang vocals with a slumberous riff.
The camaraderie between the fours girls is palpable throughout their songs and with the band still being in a very embryonic stage, it will be intriguing to watch them grow further from their influences and more into themselves.
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Originally published and still available on The Girls Are (28/08/14).
Indiana, Heart On Fire, Epic
If we take a swift detour into the land of myth, the cryptozoologists amongst us would declare that the phoenix is a creature that is cyclically reborn upon incinerating its own demise. Ricocheting back to reality, it can be noted that electronic music mirrors this observation. Since the emergence of synthpop in the 1970s, electronica has boomeranged between the good and the bad for every decade since. For every experimental musician there was a multitude of cheap imitators cashing in on their quick buck, the latest culprit of such being the resurgence of artless EDM which has latched its claws into the charts. Luckily, it transpires that we are due a ’10s electronica revival (a quick glance down TGA’s Introducing segment shows a myriad of synthpop artists) and one thrilling addition to such is Indiana.
The Nottingham born siren has been slowly slinking her way up the UK charts thanks to her sophisticated and delectable synthpop. Breakthrough single ‘Solo Dancing’ saw her peak at number 14 last April, and now the singer-songwriter returns with the brooding ‘Heart On Fire’. Debuting as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record’ (and rightly so!), ‘Heart On Fire’ is a throbbing, emotive wedge of electronica that merges tropical synths and textured percussion to create a lush and lucid piece of pulsating pop.
Indiana’s vocals meander between sultry, confessional whispers and a heavily bass toned command of ‘Leave my heart on fire‘. Indiana’s folk lilt and proficiency in her choral craft could have easily curated something far less contemporary or interesting than the majestic spectrum of sound she has managed to concoct.
Upon closer inspection ‘Heart on Fire’ reveals itself as a dark introspective narrative of Lauren Henson’s fear of falling in love, and after naming her debut album No Romeo (a pseudonym that she gave to herself when writing) it can be expected that her forthcoming material will be equally multifaceted. It is both this honesty and occasional vulnerability that when combined with her confident musical stance makes Indiana a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps the future of electro pop is brighter than first assumed after all.