Posts Tagged ‘jigsaw’

Animal Daydream at Get It On Vinyl

One of our favorite things to come out Sweden (and yes, there is plenty) is Animal Daydream who we last heard on their EP, Easy Pleasures. Their style of indie pop is infectious and they are back with a new sun soaked EP, Citrus.

Much like the title, “Citrus” is sweet and full of warm goodness. The backing vocals give a smooth vibe ripe for the squeezing. “Sun” has plenty of the same feel but is a mellower track. The sun may have set and we are all laughing around the beach campfire.

“All That You Can Give” is a track that is easy to get lost in. With Beach Boys style harmonies, and a prominent yet subtle guitar melody, it is best experienced to just close your eyes and let it take you away. Equally vibrant is the EP closer “In My Room.” The song makes use of plenty of effects and electronic elements to wrap things up with a fun psychedelic twist.

It’s tracks like these that make us love the indie pop excellence that Animal Daydream continues to deliver. Full of fun, warmth and feel good vibes, it’s always a breath of fresh air. We cannot wait to hear a full-length album from Animal Daydream!

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Animal Daydream at Three Imaginary Girls

As you know, we here at Three Imaginary Girls *love* all things related to Seattle’s brilliant music scene. But we have to admit, when a British or Nordic band (ok, or Australian) comes a calling, our hearts equally flutter.

So when I saw that Jigsaw Records – Seattle’s indie-pop headquarters (in the form of a record label and a record store) – had a new release by the Gothenburg, Sweden duo, Animal Daydream, I wanted to share it with you on the quick!

Citrus,” the title track of the new EP, comes to life in this beautiful (and slightly trippy) video. We are honored to have the chance to exclusively debut it for you here at TIG.

I’d categorize Animal Daydream under earthy soft rock power-pop with 70’s overtones.Any of their songs would be *perfect* on a mixtape, comfortably sandwiched between Fleet Foxes and Teenage Fanclub.

The EP is available digitally at Bandcamp or you can treat yourself to the fancy 7” version– only 300 copies pressed.

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Halfsour at This Is Book’s Music

Outside of being a band that nicely blend courageous rock with wonderful pop craftiness, halfsour are a band that make their songs well partly due to Ian Gustafson, Matthew Mara and Zoë Wyner trading vocal duties from song to song. One way to describe what they do is power pop but when you hear something as fierce as “Sensitive Rugby”, they are much more than just a power pop band but then again, maybe you could call this Maximum Pop’N’Roll after listening to Tuesday Night Live (Jigsaw).

Corny, I know, and while one may want to compare them to Sonic Youth due to how they trade vocals, halfsour are a completely different band altogether although they both share a kind of energy that their fans can appreciate. I like hearing a band that could be unpredictable, even with one another, and I think they could easily pull some incredible moments in live shows. This is a band to keep an eye on.

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Halfsour at Raised by Gypsies

If you’re Halfsour, what does that make the other half of you– sweet?  Or is this one of those glass half empty/glass half full type of deals?    While I have no answers to these questions I will say that if you should happen to name your band Halfsweet I think you should totally go on tour with Halfsour and then you could call it the “Canceling Each Other Out Tour 2026” or whatever.

Somewhere between a band from “Empire Records”, The Replacements, The Hold Steady and even The Clash with more clank comes the sound of Halfsour.   Vocals are occasionally traded off on this album but not as much as you might think.    There are parts of The Mr. T Experience in here as well and I do enjoy this in an indie rock with raw soul kind of way, which has it almost on that verge of being punk.

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Animal Daydream at Raised by Gypsies

“Citrus” is an EP I wasn’t really sure how to feel about at first.   Over the course of four songs (which isn’t as much as it even sounds like even though these songs are fairly long) Animal Daydream brings out a psychedelic upbeat sound.   It’s somewhere between Blue Oyster Cult and Cream with various elements which resemble Beach Boys.    Of course there are the obvious Beatles and Get Up Kids comparisons but I also hear some Gin Blossoms in here, which I really like.

My biggest problem with this record- my first time listening to it- is that I thought it sounded somewhat like a classic rock band and, well, how cliche is it to have a band who wants to be from the 1960’s put out a record?      This had me put this one aside for quite some time after my initial listen of it.    But then I started thinking a lot about different physical formats, something which I have touched upon in other reviews and, well, I had the record player sending out other tunes one day so I put this back on again.

In theory, if a cassette came out and it sounded like the artist on it was from the 1980’s or early 1990’s would I immediately write them off for being that cliche?  Absolutely not, because that is a large portion of what I review on cassette and I do enjoy it.   And then I just thought about CDs and how music that is good sounds good on any medium and if you’re bad even on cassette you’ll sound bad.    So I needed to put my vinyl issues aside and just hear these songs for what they were and they are actually rather good.

The first thoughts I had- on my first listen- was that this was simply some kind of psychedelic rock n roll that channeled the classic rock side of things.   It took me more than one listen to bring out the influences I can hear of Beach Boys and even those Gin Blossoms melodies.   This really added another dimension to the music for me and the fact that each of these songs seems to take you on its own little journey makes it that much more fun.

At one point, I will admit, that if I was given an Animal Daydream full length album I wouldn’t have even pressed play on it.   But now, after spinning this record more than once, I must admit that I am rather curious to hear a full length from Animal Daydream.    The fear of being lost in songs that all sound the same and bring about “classic rock” thoughts is not something I have any longer.   It excites me to imagine the places this music could take me with more songs, with more time, and that is really one of the best ways I know that I went from being somewhat indifferent to this record to flat out loving it.

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Halfsour at Magnet

Halfsour has just released new record Tuesday Night Live, and you need to hear it. Listen to the Beat Happening-esque “I.K.” below, a shambling, loud garage track that should be perfect for a weekend drive. Be sure to check out Tuesday Night Live as well, out now on Jigsaw Records.

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deardarkhead / Animal Daydream at Examiner

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Animal Daydream at Independent Clauses

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Halfsour at Innocent Words

Although their band name is abysmal, not to mention perplexing, Halfsour’s music is charming, straightforward indie pop.

There isn’t a lot on the internet about Halfsour – good luck finding a website. However, they do have a sparse Bandcamp page, and their Facebook page is just as pathetic. No member information, no bio, hell, even the band description is “mara-wyner-gustafson overdrive.” Whatever the hell that means. Is this the care and dedication the current generation gives to their art? Fuck, I hope not.

I know I sound like a bitter old music scribe, and I know we are not here to review websites or social media. So let’s get to the music.

Kicking off ‘Tuesday Night Live,’ which is not a live record by the way, is the quick and punchy indie rocker “What You’re Waiting.” In fact, all 13 tracks barely touch the three-minute mark, let alone going over three minutes. But it keeps things upbeat and fun with bratty boy/girl lead vocals, crisp clean guitar playing, and one hell of a drummer.

Sure, it’s raw – “Chartreuse Rec Room” for example – but it holds your attention, and I like that. There is nothing new on the table here from this Boston trio, but they’ve studied their past very well. Remember those ’90s indie pop darlings the Spinanes, Busytoby, the Like Young? Or if you are thinking more mainstream Weezer and Ben Folds? Then you get the idea of what Halfsour is all about.

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Animal Daydream at Alicante

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