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Kissing Cousins


Velvet Blue Music

Genre: experimental pop, indie rock

March 2007

Blonde Redhead and Helium are good points of reference for this all-girl quartet who compose breathy, experimental pop songs. But then there's also the folky Cat Power / Julie Doiron styles of a track like "Act of Birth." It's a mix. Disjointed but together is how the songs come across, which can be a bit off-putting at first, but ends up rather nicely. The unsettling opener, "Deadline," is my favourite track on this all-too-brief four-song EP, with its mysteriously beautiful chorus starting the disc off in a magical mood. I want to hear more.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks, 13:55, distributed by the label, released 2006]