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Little Black Dress

Snow In June

https://www.inkoma.com/k/3372

(12tx CD, 37'49'' - Exploding Plastic rec 2010)

 | pall youhideme
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Children of a Lesser God, a God from a pantheon called 4AD, with relatives in The Boo Radleys of Creation rec, actually, and maybe they sit to the same table with The Depreciation Guild for breakfast.
Differently, notwithstanding the above mentioned nostalgic european feeling, Little Black Dress are from Dallas, USA, a band whose two core members are Toby Pipes (formerly Deep Blue Something) and Nolan Thies, who release their debut disc Snow in June via Exploding Plastic (sub-label for Idol rec), a collection of twelve pieces balancing ecstatic parenthesis of guitar-driven tunes (Snow In June, End Film or the amazing guitar refrain of Your Side), some more radio-friendly indiepop melodies (Robin, Took It, Queen) and touching slow ballads (Mute, Out of View).
My favorite track here is for sure Your Side: alone itself is able to make the whole album worthy, such it's blissful, gently bitter, pacific and with a genuine 80s after-taste. Revivalist with success, whispered and romantic, I love it. A perfect single. It's just a shame it's only 2'37''.
Anyway, that's what's good with Little Black Dress: they have a special skill to write unexpected 80's-like chorus and refrains, like also with Took It, End Film and Robin - You feel like You whistled their theme since always.
However, the whole track-list is doubtless agreeable and honest, but, frankly and personally, this album is still missing that something to be particular and shocking like the view of snow in June.



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Figli di un Dio Minore, qualche deità del pantheon della 4AD, senza negare qualche occhiata a casa Creation rec, magari per i Boo Radleys, e forse fanno colazione allo stesso tavolo dei Depreciation Guild.
Ma nonostante il sopracitato retaggio e sentimento nostalgico europeo, i Little Black Dress sono di Dallas, una band le cui coordinate sono segnate dai due Toby Pipes (formerly Deep Blue Something) e Nolan Thies, che insieme pubblicano il disco di debutto Snow in June sulla Exploding Plastic (sotto-label della Idol rec), una collezione di 12 pezzi che bilanciano parentesi estatiche di melodie guitar-driven (Snow In June, End Film o il bellissimo giro di chitarra di Your Side), a più radio-friendly melodie indiepop (Robin, Took It, Queen) sino a delle toccanti e lente ballad (Mute, Out of View).
La mia traccia preferita è di sicuro Your Side appunto: da sola vale l'intero album, tanto è beatificante e beata, gentilmente amara e con un genuino retrogusto anni 80. Revivalista con successo, sussurrata, pacifica e romantica. Mi piace. Un perfetto singolo. L'unica vergogna è che duri appena 2 minuti e mezzo.
Cmq sia, Little Black Dress hanno proprio questa abilità di tirare fuori dal cappello delle trasvolate anni 80 in ritornelli e cori, sentite anche Took it e Robin, End Film, sembra di conoscerle o averle fischiettate da sempre.
Per il resto, tutto il disco è sinceramente gradevole e onesto, ma francamente, e come al solito, personalmente, l'album manca ancora di quel qualcosa che lo renda tanto particolare e shockante quanto la neve a Giugno.

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