Crossing The Pond: The Sticks + Muertos + Playing House

Much great music is made on the other side of the Atlantic. Here your hostess indulges her love of all things Brit to bring you some songs you should be listening to from the British Isles.

There's an appealing, nervous tic quality to The Sticks and their lean, jittery nugget "Come Back." This "stripped down garage party band" comes over terse and wiry,  with just the hint of a snarl. Clocking in at two minutes, you'll quickly find yourself wanting more.   

With "Spin," London-based trio Muertos creates a frenzied maelstrom of swirling, full-speed-ahead mess. A loud, bawdy number with psych rock in its veins, "Spin" is unapologetic, a force to be reckoned with.

If you feel a bit nostalgic listening to Playing House, you're not alone. This London trio definitely takes cues from the golden synth pop era of the 80s, while incorporating their own youthful exuberance. The charming "Jelly Legs" sounds like a crush should, all nervous and skittering and sweet.

[posted 5.28.17]


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