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The Idyllists
Idyllists EP
(self-released)


The name The Idyllists sounds vaguely familiar to me, but I can't exactly place why. I'm guessing that they were backing a concert I heard about but didn't go to, or that they're signed to a label I've seen, but never paid attention to. But I know why their sound is familiar. And that's because they're all over every indie station.

You ever have one of those "Gotta dance, Mike, gotta dance" moments? Tune into The Idyllists. Their catchy mod-squad dance pop proves that the handsome American quartet (and dashing British singer) have done their music history homework, and most of their album sounds as if they were Smiths cuts that got lost in time. Add in a little Prozac to the melancholy heritage, and The Idyllists will have even the most morose of hipsters grooving in no time. They never try too hard, and songs like "Touch and Go" prove that the New Romantics never really died - they were just reborn.

Ah, I just realized where I know of them from. They're playing in Los Angeles next week. Go see them, because I know I'll be too busy to partake of retro delights. I'll be there with you in spirit - dancing.

-Caitlin McGuire

Track Listing:
1. Chloe
2. Runaways
3. Touch and Go
4. 11:07


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