Tag Archives: twee

#116 heavenly – p.u.n.k. girl

heavenly

who on earth is amelia fletcher? some weeks back, i featured a heavenly song as a companion track to the ridiculously popular chairlift post, so i thought today i’ll give the band a full post to itself. the recognizably jaunty vocals you hear belong to fletcher, who had been instrumental in forming heavenly (and its preceding band, tallulah gosh), which was a defining statement in the twee pop movement in the 90s. unlike other bands, fletcher’s lyrics for heavenly were clever, witty and incisive (and no wonder, she holds a phd in economics) without losing any of its sweetness which was buoyed by the band’s gleaming sound. and being signed to the legendary sarah records must have added to all that charm. here’s the first song i ever heard from them, taken from the even more legendary stella mixtape, something only i have of course.

mp3: heavenly – p.u.n.k. girl

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#29 the pains of being pure at heart – everything with you

one of mozart’s most famous works is “seranade no. 13 for strings in g minor”, or more commonly known as “eine kleine nachtmusik” (literally, “a little night music” in german). i’m sure you’ve heard it before. well, some of you have mentioned to me that a lot of the music featured here isn’t exactly music you’d wake up to. that’s true in a way, since i’ve used the blog title a lot more loosely to encompass anything i’ve been listening to lately. it’s also of course a tribute to one of my favorite bands belle and sebastian, who’ve released an ep called i’m waking up to us. anyway, i reckon there’s room to occasionally feature music i’d really wake up to, and i’ve decided to hijack mozart’s title to call this series [eine kleine morgenmusik]. first up is this delightfully fuzzy pop tune by the pains of being pure at heart, a sunny side up with lots of pepper on top.

mp3: the pains of being pure at heart – everything with you

#17 brighter – noah’s ark

my first taste of shoegaze/dreampop and all things in between were from the mixtapes stella (wherever you are) made for me. the first band to appear in one of those (yes, cassette) tapes was brighter, the short-lived darlings of the legendary and equally fleeting sarah records. “noah’s ark”, the second 7″ ep they released on the label in 1990, is a bittersweet affair with the opening twee-tinged strummings preparing the way for keris howard’s wistful vocals, which in turn gets washed over in a sea of swirling colors. now reissued with the other brighter singles on matinée recordings, this song is a perfect lazy afternoon companion to all daydream believers like myself.

mp3: brighter – noah’s ark