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One Little Indie: Dollys

Feb 21, 2014 By Frank Valish Bookmark and Share

One might not categorize New Brunswick, NJ as any sort of indie-pop mecca, but the debut EP from this central-Jersey four-piece is as good as it gets. The six songs on EP1 are top tier indie pop. Side A of the vinyl EP begins with “God Forbid,” a mix of call-and-response vocals, multi-part harmonies, and heavenly oohs and ahhs that echoes the pop smarts of ’90s alt-pop staples That Dog. “God Forbid” segues seamlessly into the male/female layered vocals of “Thermals,” a song which tempers its melodic tunefulness with two minutes of ethereal, shoegaze-y haze at the track’s end. “Thermals” then moves without break into the laid-back female-sung melody of “Swim,” which ends with an extended, beautifully noodle-y guitar solo. Side B features three melodic gems filled with sparkling guitars and male/female harmony that play only slightly more like three individual tracks than the shapeshifting pop unit that is Side A. The intricate interplay between vocalists, playing off each other and teasing blissful melodies from the ether, is something of a much more seasoned group. Dollys is a band from which we need to hear more. EP1 sets a wonderful template.



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