Artist of the week: The Lemon Twigs
Tired of the hipster gravitas that nowadays dominates indie rock? In this case, The Lemon Twigs might be the perfect band for you. Formed by multi-instrumentalists brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, the Long Island duo channels melodic and harmony-rich soft rock of the 70s with oddball, weird pop that makes them a genuine descendent of acts such as The Zombies, Wings, Todd Rundgren, Big Star and Supertramp. If this would make them some kind of American version of Phoenix, once you add flamboyant clothes and lyrics prone to the songbook of Randy Newman, what you get is a truly exhilarating and unique fusion that, oh boy, really brings some fun and sunshine to today’s indie musical landscape.
Their debut album, Do Hollywood, is a concise collection of ten baroque songs, all them great and with potential to be singles, that are here to remind us that fun and weird go very well together powered by falsettos, odd instruments, unexpected tempo changes and catchy choruses. It will be hard for you to find a more uplifting record in 2016.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.