Harlem Shakes: Prep-pop
It’s preppy pop time again. While we wait for Vampire Weekend to finish college... sorry, their second album, there are a new bunch of super-smart pop tarts waiting to meet you round the back of the bike shed.
In fact, there are so many lines to be drawn between the two acts that the more cynical New Music tipsters have renamed this lot Vampire Bank Holiday Weekend.
Wilting sarcasm aside, we’re really digging the Shakes this weather. Straight out of Brooklyn, they trade in swinging harmonies, sexy hooks, hyperactive jangles and dastardly upbeat indie-pop grooves.
Tracks such as Strictly Game, with a lovely brassy veneer to boost the oomph factor, make their debut album Technicolor Health an album with a hugely likeable pep to its step.
It’s also an album in which the band display similar patience to a small child in a sweetshop with regard to mixing and matching different musical styles.
The band have ironed out any kinks in their live show via gigs with Vampire Weekend (of course), Arctic Monkeys, Wire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and others, as well as some excellent shows at this year’s South By Southwest band-athon. Next stop: Europe.