Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My Ears Need Band-Aids

The buzz in indie music circles these days is about Sleigh Bells, a Brooklyn twosome that just released their first major-label record, Treats. Though a lot of well-respected critics have been raving about them, I don't see the appeal. Musically, all of their songs are simple and heavily sampled, and they sing in a percussive, grating, yell-y style depressingly reminiscent of The Go! Team. Yes, the lead singer is a total babe. But that's not enough to carry the day.

Last year in this space, I expressed similar skepticism over critical darlings Grizzly Bear, and eventually came around to appreciate them, though I never loved them. Perhaps a similar thing will happen this year . . . but I don't see it. Your thoughts?

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