Review: The Courtneys-The Courtneys II


Photo: Andrew Volk

Golly, gee, gosh, this is a fully-formed album. Somewhere between Best Coast, girl groups and The Go Gos, lie the fabulous Vancouver trio The Courtneys, who sound more classic American than Canadian pop.

It’s a wide-eyed, widescreen slice of driving  60s infused pop which evokes beaches, sad-eyed college dates and half-hearted fumblings at drive-in movies. There is something so touching in Jen Twynn Payne’s guileless vocals. Silver Velvet and Minnesota are steeped in nostalgia and yearning, waxing lyrical about the elusive object of desire, whereas Mars Attacks takes a  playfully naive approach to alien invasion, with hand claps, rippling surf guitar and chants.

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Iron Deficiency takes an altogether more grungy twist to a subject not often covered in pop, with the band sounding like the offspring of Kim Deal. The end result is all heart-stopping indie pop with a bittersweet, slightly knowing edge. Perfect for sunny days and cooler, disappointed nights.

(Lorna Irvine)

On tour, album out now on Flying Nun Records


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