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Tune of the Week – “Windu & Defrina”

The sound of the summer? That may well be White Shoes & The Couples Company I have talked about them here before – they were one of the coolest acts I saw at this year’s SXSW – and I have …

Thu, Jul 3, 2008, 11:59

   

The sound of the summer? That may well be White Shoes & The Couples Company

I have talked about them here before – they were one of the coolest acts I saw at this year’s SXSW – and I have played them a fair bit on the aul’ radio show, but I think it’s time for everyone else to cop on to them. After all, if Dengue Fever can rock the Electric Picnic, surely one of our fabulous domestic promoters can get on the phone to Jakarta? The country code is +62, by the way.

White Shoes & The Couples Company make breezy, sunny pop music with plenty of old-fashioned airs and graces. They’re into Thirties jazz and Seventies Indonesian film soundtracks, strung-out disco and vintage keyboard licks, dressing up and sounding great, art and fun. When you look around and see the amount of love for other cute-pop proponents who are actually not very good (Black Kids, we’re looking at you and that awful debut album we had to listen to this week in order to review it), you wonder how long it will take for the White Shoes takeover. Hell, they even have a drummer who juggles his drumsticks. How many bands can say that?

Here’s “Windu & Defrina” from their Minty Fresh album release. Trust me, the rest of the album is as peachy as this.

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