charly bliss: guppy

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hi everyone this is my fav band in new york, like most bands in new york they recall the '90s but this is more specifically the belly/veruca salt axis if a little squeakier and more invariably bright

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_2UqssvaSc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGhFsNP_Rdk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-grIezjeaw

album out april 24

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 17:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

<3

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 20:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

as expected this thread will be authored by me and johnny fever, no features

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 21:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

very catchy

this is what all bands in nyc sound like now?

flopson, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 22:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

j/k tho i feel like there's not an insignificant amount of '90s throwback rock bands here or in philly

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 22:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

these guys have a particular ear for hooks though imo and prioritize the pop as much if not slightly more than the power which sets them apart

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 22:47 (nine months ago) Permalink

i've been waiting for a thread where i could casually drop the names of letters to cleo and eve's plum and not feel unwelcome.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 22:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

also, they seem like they should be from boston, not new york.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 22:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

I will admit and acknowledge that the throwbackness of Charly Bliss is what drew me to them initially, but Brad is right that they write exquisitely hooky songs that take the whole enterprise well above pastiche.

I've been trying to nail who exactly Eva's voice reminds me of. I'm still not there, but one day it will come to me.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 03:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

kind of close vocally: paula kelley of the drop nineteens (speaking of boston):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaN1rMjH18E

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 04:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

is this album out yet?

flopson, Thursday, 2 March 2017 18:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

sorry, reread OP

flopson, Thursday, 2 March 2017 18:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

my god, this is the new best band ever

alpine static, Friday, 10 March 2017 18:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

this is the closest 90s thing to charly bliss imo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glDFPjrolx0

flopson, Friday, 10 March 2017 19:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

yes! that dog. was what immediately came to mind for me, too. charly singer is a bit squeakier than Anna Waronker, but yes.

alpine static, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, BradNelson is OTM that they bring the hooks. Thanks for pointing this band out

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Thursday, 16 March 2017 04:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

Charly Bliss are great. They've been around for awhile—"Love Me" was one of my favorite songs of 2014—I'm glad they're finally releasing an album (thankfully it's not loaded with old songs, like Bully's debut; "Ruby," "Percolator," and "Gatorade" are the only tracks already released). Does anyone else prefer the Audiotree Live version of "Percolator"? I love her yelp in the beginning.

Handsome Bookor, Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elL0ktbhhnM

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 6 April 2017 16:04 (seven months ago) Permalink

Great song and love the video for it. "Black Hole" is "Bad Box" on their audiotree live performance for those interested.

Handsome Bookor, Friday, 7 April 2017 21:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

this band seems great

ciderpress, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 13:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

Guppy streaming now at NPR.

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/13/523437524/first-listen-charly-bliss-guppy

Handsome Bookor, Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

omg

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:31 (seven months ago) Permalink

oh yeah this is precisely as good as i expected it to be

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

yeah this totally rules, hooks for days

devvvine, Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:31 (seven months ago) Permalink

mentioning belly made me very curious.

Nourry, Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:09 (seven months ago) Permalink

This is everything I wanted it to be <333

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 15 April 2017 02:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

unsurprisingly I love this album, but it is way more like kay hanley than tanya donelly, both in sound and songwriting

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Saturday, 15 April 2017 03:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, there's nothing Belly-ish about this at all. I like it more than I ever liked Letter to Cleo, though.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 15 April 2017 03:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

I'm not sure why they re-recorded "Ruby." I mean, it's about 99% the same, but the tiny differences are throwing me off.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 15 April 2017 03:33 (seven months ago) Permalink

btw the answer to who her voice reminds you of is mz moxy, or at least it is for me

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Saturday, 15 April 2017 03:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

This album is a miracle

And yeah I hear Letters to Cleo here more than anyone else, but they never made an album this consistently good

bunny slopes, Saturday, 15 April 2017 06:13 (seven months ago) Permalink

"DQ" is so killer

Handsome Bookor, Saturday, 15 April 2017 21:06 (seven months ago) Permalink

Of the songs posted itt, I quite like "Glitter." The rest are somewhere between "yeah, this is catchy" and "but did I really need another Letters to Cleo record?" Still, I'll check out the album. Hoping "Glitter" isn't the only track with synths on it.

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Saturday, 15 April 2017 21:41 (seven months ago) Permalink

it's not! did....did you not need another letters to cleo record?

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 15 April 2017 23:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

I liked LtC, but I haven't touched their 90s records in years.

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Saturday, 15 April 2017 23:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

I mean we just DID get another letters to cleo record also

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Sunday, 16 April 2017 02:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

and that's not counting Weaponize or either of the Palmdale EPs

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Sunday, 16 April 2017 02:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

yeah also that!

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 16 April 2017 03:43 (seven months ago) Permalink

Can't stop playing this album. Definitely my favorite of the year so far. Torn between "DQ" and "Glitter" as the best song on it.

Handsome Bookor, Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

i really like the rerecording of "ruby" and generally how much synth they layered over this thing

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

I came around to the new "Ruby"; took some getting used to. Was listening to the A Lot to Say and Soft Serve EPs today and realized just how much progress they've made with Guppy (really glad Eva takes lead vocals on all 10 tracks).

Also, she's quickly becoming one of my favorite lyricists. So funny, bizarre, and self-deprecative, but not in a classically emo tear-yourself-down kinda way. So many quotables on this record, but the opening lines of "DQ" are my favorite: "I laughed when your dog died/it's cruel, but it's true/take me back, kiss my soft side/does he love me most now that his dog is toast?"

Handsome Bookor, Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

katherine this is great! http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/23085-guppy/

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 21 April 2017 11:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

Doesn't sound like them particularly but something reminds me of The Blake Babies.

yugi ex, Friday, 21 April 2017 18:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

I made a post in this thread yesterday giving Katherine a hi-five for namedropping Stretch Princess in 2017, but it disappeared. I can't let that acknowledgement go unappreciated though, so I'm posting it again.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 22 April 2017 12:46 (seven months ago) Permalink

"jawbreaker soundtrack" could be swapped out for "she's all that soundtrack" or really just like any soundtrack between 1995-2005

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Sunday, 23 April 2017 19:11 (seven months ago) Permalink

Love this album.

Matt DC, Sunday, 23 April 2017 21:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

this is great, they totally get that the best of this stuff was about hard rock as much as it was about hooks

call all destroyer, Monday, 24 April 2017 14:59 (six months ago) Permalink

ennhhh, not especially

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 24 April 2017 18:01 (six months ago) Permalink

I want to like this so much. They kind of have "Erica band" written all over them and yet I find her voice so awful and grating that I can't listen to any of it beyound a couple seconds. :/

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 24 April 2017 20:27 (six months ago) Permalink

this is a total sugar rush

ciderpress, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 12:50 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

seeing them tonight. this album is so catchy.

geoffreyess, Friday, 12 May 2017 20:12 (six months ago) Permalink

Eva Hendricks last night: "Do you guys love the song "Minneapolis" by that dog.?"

geoffreyess, Saturday, 13 May 2017 15:50 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Hey, I like this record.

It looks like some other old person beat me to the that dog comparison, but it's accurate. These are some catchy songs, and toadilly unique vocals.

Charly Bliss are a dynamite act!!!

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:01 (five months ago) Permalink

i'm not old enough to remember it from the 90s but when i was in college my roommate and i watched every spike jonze music video :)

lovin the album btw. it's almost slight in its hyper-focused aesthetic, but perfecting the micro-est of pop micro-genres is the noblest pursuit imo

flopson, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 17:05 (five months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9DEK9mNVRU

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:52 (five months ago) Permalink

^^the song that hooked me initially

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 20:23 (five months ago) Permalink

That's definitely Camp Crystal Lake

Handsome Bookor, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:18 (five months ago) Permalink

this album makes me so happy

alpine static, Friday, 16 June 2017 00:31 (five months ago) Permalink

it reminds me of Be Your Own Pet in a lot of (good) ways

boxedjoy, Friday, 16 June 2017 07:26 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Four months later and this is still my favourite album of the year. like nothing else even comes close to this for me, pretty much every song is fantastic.

josh az (2011nostalgia), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 04:49 (two months ago) Permalink

it is very good. i've come back to it more than any other new album as well.

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 05:00 (two months ago) Permalink

samesies

i don't know if i will really put it at #1 at year's end, but it will be top 5 and i probably listen to it more than whatever will be ahead of it

alpine static, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 05:39 (two months ago) Permalink

I really hope this crushes it in the year-end album poll

josh az (2011nostalgia), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 06:04 (two months ago) Permalink

the choruses on this are never leaving my brain these days, I wake up most days with something from this playing in my head

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:28 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i love this album! a fun tidbit i also just learned is that the male guitarist was the voice of "dash" in the movie the incredibles

monotony, Monday, 2 October 2017 00:09 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2GZT5f4J7U

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 13 October 2017 15:13 (one month ago) Permalink

seeing them and wolf parade in a tiny venue on Saturday, extremely stoked

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 13 October 2017 15:18 (one month ago) Permalink

that's a great video

would love to see WP

niels, Sunday, 15 October 2017 08:51 (one month ago) Permalink


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