Review: The teenage duo of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker have proved themselves unusually skilled at crafting stripped-down, luminous ditties with angular indie-rock shapes, whilst dealing in their spare and affecting style with issues of vulnerability and frailty that most outfits struggle to negotiate. 'Powerplant', their second album and first for Anti, boasts a fuller production than their debut, and may appeal to admirers of Throwing Muses and Cat Power alike, but seldom has such a knotty and gnarly take on punk rock also sounded so raw and intimate.
Review: First of all don't forget it was the label Epitaph that we have to thank for the likes of Millencolin, The Offspring and Bad Religion - among others. Its sub-label Anti- has been home to Jonathan Pierce's music as The Drums since 2017 following a long history with Moshi Moshi Records. Poppy, synth punk and electronica with the slightest of tropicana and charming vocals to boot, Pierce almost justifies in a single swoop what is still good about the indie pop sound that exploded during the 2000s. Vocals sit up front throughout the album and while guitars are sometimes left out there's no denying the dreamy finger picking that adds to the bliss of "I Wanna Go Back", and the acoustic ballad that is "Nervous". The album's title track harks back to a funky, soft edged pop sound not too dissimilar to classic Cut Copy, and don't go past our album highlight: "626 Bedford Avenue".