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 (two years ago) Permalink

<3

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

very catchy

this is what all bands in nyc sound like now?

flopson, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 22:27 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 22:58 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

is this album out yet?

flopson, Thursday, 2 March 2017 18:04 (two years ago) Permalink

sorry, reread OP

flopson, Thursday, 2 March 2017 18:04 (two years ago) Permalink

my god, this is the new best band ever

alpine static, Friday, 10 March 2017 18:45 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

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 (two years ago) Permalink

this band seems great

ciderpress, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 13:21 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

omg

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:31 (two years ago) Permalink

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

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:16 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah this totally rules, hooks for days

devvvine, Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:31 (two years ago) Permalink

mentioning belly made me very curious.

Nourry, Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:09 (two years ago) Permalink

This is everything I wanted it to be <333

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

"DQ" is so killer

Handsome Bookor, Saturday, 15 April 2017 21:06 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 15 April 2017 23:36 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah also that!

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 16 April 2017 03:43 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 21 April 2017 11:51 (two years ago) Permalink

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

yugi ex, Friday, 21 April 2017 18:38 (two years 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

Love this album.

Matt DC, Sunday, 23 April 2017 21:22 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

ennhhh, not especially

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

i assume y'all will get some of what you want on the actual record

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 17:15 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah, i expect this track will fit better into an album compared to how it seems as a standalone.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 17:16 (two months ago) Permalink

I hope we get some more guitars. But the fact that they left Heaven off the album makes me think otherwise.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 17:18 (two months ago) Permalink

i think "heaven" was written and recorded before any of the new album, is why it's standalone

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 17:31 (two months ago) Permalink

they played it at the guppy release show i attended two years ago

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 17:31 (two months ago) Permalink

part of team sceptical/concerned over here.
Guppy was probably my most-played record of 2017 and this... reminds somewhat of Kero Kero Bonito during the snythy beginning and Carly Rae Jepsen towards the end?

And even though I absolutely love KKB and CRJ, this just isn't what I want from Charly Bliss.

fragglerock, Thursday, 7 February 2019 01:12 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't know, I enjoy songs with a lovely chorus and harmonies, so I like this a lot. And it does have guitars. Something for everyone.

Sam Weller, Thursday, 7 February 2019 09:20 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't know if this really count as "another guitar band discovers synths" -- the hooks are still there, and there's a long gap from this to landfill synthpop. also, it's great, kind of reminds me of fight like apes

theorizing your yells (katherine), Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:01 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah i kept wanting to post “the bones of this song are good who caaares”

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:02 (two months ago) Permalink

enh sonics matter, and despite the trad instrumentation on the last album, the sound was more distinctive. this sounds like a million other acts to me (for now, anyway)

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:03 (two months ago) Permalink

maybe it's just that Eva's voice stands out to me more contrasting w/ the crunch

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:04 (two months ago) Permalink

I mean, <i>Guppy</i> also sounded like a million other acts, they just happened to be really good ones

theorizing your yells (katherine), Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:09 (two months ago) Permalink

And many of them were from 20 years ago.

MarkoP, Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:10 (two months ago) Permalink

that too

theorizing your yells (katherine), Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:11 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Why does this one suck too? I'm worried.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 17:58 (one month ago) Permalink

"capacity" doesn't suck wtf

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 17:59 (one month ago) Permalink

this one doesn't suck either but i'm still adjusting to it

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:00 (one month ago) Permalink

You're right. But it's not super great or anything. xp

This one for sure sucks.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:01 (one month ago) Permalink

how do you tell which songs suck

moose; squirrel (silby), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:03 (one month ago) Permalink

For this band it's easy.

"Is this a song that only Charly Bliss could write?"

If the answer is yes, then hold on to your butt.

If the answer is no, then this sucks and why are they doing this??

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:06 (one month ago) Permalink

feel like the great thing about this song is how the bridge completely takes over the middle of it

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:08 (one month ago) Permalink

i don't think i'm a fan of this one : /

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:16 (one month ago) Permalink

i like this a lot, the progression and accumulation is really satisfying

lowercase (eric), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:28 (one month ago) Permalink

can't imagine complaining about the guitars on this one, at least

lowercase (eric), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Here's my main gripe, and it may make sense or it may not, but apart from the songwriting itself on the first album, the thing that hooked me so deep to it is that everything they were doing just felt they were a conduit for pure crunchy pop rock energy captured from the ether. Nothing about it sounded like *work*, like these songs were birthed, fully formed and any and all fine-tuning was unnecessary. Ten perfect musical prizes.

Chatroom, especially, but Capacity as well, sound like the portal closed. They sound plotted, sculpted, and engineered to be *a sound*. And it comes through abundantly clear.

I dunno. The immediacy and impulsiveness is missing. If that makes any sense.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:37 (one month ago) Permalink

They're ostensibly fine songs, well-written, etc. They don't even sound phoned-in or anything. They did a good job with them.

They just don't kick me in the guts.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 18:40 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah I wouldn't say either song sucks exactly, I'd still rather listen to them than half the singles out this year, but there is a bit of sophomore slump to them

theorizing your yells (katherine), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 19:13 (one month ago) Permalink

meh.
maybe album #3 will align with my taste more again.

fragglerock, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 22:37 (one month ago) Permalink

album 2 isn't even out yet!!

alpine static, Thursday, 7 March 2019 01:41 (one month ago) Permalink

but the direction seems clear, no?

fragglerock, Thursday, 7 March 2019 02:56 (one month ago) Permalink

JF otm. Neither of these songs are bad, but they also sound like they could have been made by a gazillion other bands. I loved the energy of Guppy.

Roz, Thursday, 7 March 2019 06:07 (one month ago) Permalink

I like this band a lot but I'm not convinced the first album is as wildly original or distinctive as is being made out here.

Matt DC, Thursday, 7 March 2019 12:21 (one month ago) Permalink

the first album isn't wildly original at all but it did feel distinctive enough in how good it was at the particular power pop sound it was aiming for

the new songs are enjoyable enough but i agree with those that feel they don't really capture what made the debut so good

ufo, Thursday, 7 March 2019 12:45 (one month ago) Permalink

This band was never very original; in fact Guppy remains wildly overrated. However, "Chatroom" is ace. I love it when plain-jane indie bands swing for the pop fences like this.

A. Begrand, Thursday, 7 March 2019 13:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Lemme ask you this: do you prefer your music made with considered precision or more of a spark of immediacy?

Despite the fact I'm a huge Def Leppard fan, I generally get more of a kick from the latter.

These songs (and this album?) seem to be the product of the former, and that's the opposite of what I found so great about them.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 7 March 2019 14:45 (one month ago) Permalink

About Charly Bliss, that is.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 7 March 2019 14:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Just heard the new album for the first time. First impressions are that it's not the instant classic that Guppy was, but it's a good album. They have not done a Haim on us. The guitars have not totally disappeared although it is very keyboard heavy. There aren't exactly many tracks that could fit on the debut.

I'm hoping it's like the second Alvvays album where some of the songs initially seem a bit too slight, but they end up getting stuck in my head with me eventually enjoying the album as a whole as much as I loved the debut.

kitchen person, Sunday, 10 March 2019 06:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Just heard the new album for the first time

h-has it leaked?

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 10 March 2019 18:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, these new songs = not my taste at all. Still listening to "Percolator" and "Glitter" a lot, though.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Sunday, 10 March 2019 18:44 (one month ago) Permalink

h-has it leaked?

― josh az (2011nostalgia),

I have a stream of it to review.

kitchen person, Sunday, 10 March 2019 18:50 (one month ago) Permalink

It's extremely rare that I would get something sent this early.

kitchen person, Sunday, 10 March 2019 18:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Both new songs are v. enjoyable.

Sam Weller, Monday, 11 March 2019 08:35 (one month ago) Permalink

You're a cop.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 11 March 2019 13:28 (one month ago) Permalink

How do you do, fellow Brooklynites.

Sam Weller, Monday, 11 March 2019 15:29 (one month ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQZdBVgkYCg&feature=youtu.be

love this new one (guitars and power pop choruses are back).

Roz, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:03 (one week ago) Permalink

that embed doesn't work so here it is again:

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

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:09 (one week ago) Permalink

song kicks ass

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:09 (one week ago) Permalink

soz thanks, don't know what went wrong there.

Roz, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:10 (one week ago) Permalink

fuck yeah, this rules

devvvine, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:33 (one week ago) Permalink


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