Knowing there is music this
good floating around in the independent world pushes me “this close” to swearing
off of major label releases forever and going on an all out search for other
The biggest hit to come out
of Minty Fresh to date has been the Cardigans.
Remember singing, “Love me, love me, say that you love me” a few
years back? They have since moved
on to bigger (not necessarily better) things with Mercury Records.
Parisian retro-pop group
Tahiti 80 has definitely found a label with a fitting name.
The band’s fresh, upbeat sounds will have you tapping your toes on the
rainiest of days.
Lead singer Xavier
Boyer’s unique phrasing of the English language and the band’s love of
60’s American pop music create an eclectic sound not found elsewhere in
today’s music scene of modern rock clones. The music has flashes of
the British Invasion, the Beach Boys and even jazzy Brazilian Bossa Nova (think
“Girl from Ipanema”).
The band has deservedly
begun to garner some attention on music television with their video “Heartbeat.”
It is a beautifully simplistic song.
Boyer’s breathy vocals, a fuzzy bass and a hypnotic keyboard line make
it an instant favorite.
The subject matter on Puzzle
will not leave you contemplating life’s deepest mysteries, but it may help you
to forget about them for forty minutes.