You’re going to have a hard time thinking about anything besides Beat Happening’s Jamboree when you first drop the needle on Bitch Prefect but you’re going to have to get over it. First off, it isn’t the vocals that make you think of BH. The guilty party here is definitely the springy guitars and daft drumming. In fact, at times I think that there are parts of Beat Happening’s songs woven into the fabric but it could be my imagination. Strangely, this doesn’t bother me as much as it should. The songs are playful and have an intelligent make-up. Kiwi fans will dig this ish for sure because, for some reason, this reminds me most of the Great Unwashed and a less gaze-y Bailter Space.
I suppose the real strength here is the lack of strength altogether. This record isn’t going to change the way you think about music and that’s great. Too many times that becomes the goal of records like this and Bitch Prefect seem very comfortable in their shoes (although they may be cleaner versions of shoes worn by generations past) and it’s refreshing. Songs like “Dollar Blues” and “Okay” are unbearable in a funny way, and manage to drive home the more articulate songs even more.
This sounds like an accomplished record by accident and it’s an interesting situation to witness. Definitely something worth listening to and certainly for those who have been aching for the Half Japanese/Clean/Pastels vibe to make it’s way through in a way that is more interesting than Sonny and the Sunsets. [Bedroom Suck]
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