Sometimes, when summer is impending, its fun to gauge the ability of a seasonal shift to actually affect behavior and mood. It is dreamy and tempting to think that longer days, more sunlight, and comfy t-shirts will provide some sort of superficial gauze that will produce happiness, but rarely is it that simple of a trick. You still have to pay rent, your heart can still get broken, and sometimes your mint chocolate chip ice cream will melt before you can finish it.
French Exit, the debut release from Los Angeles-based group TV Girl is full of speciously optimistic songs that use mollifying, relaxing electronics to adorn songs that are actually somewhat distressing. Case in point: today’s track of the day,”Pantyhose” is an ebullient and sunny sounding pop song that masks really upsetting lyrics about violence and lost love. And yet, I find myself replaying the track as a sort of mesmerizing salve. TV Girl sounds like a serendipitous amalgam of the Dandy Warhols, Passion Pit, and Belle and Sebastian. Paradoxically bright and gloomy at the same time, but also perfect.
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