Wikipedia is often found wanting when it comes to facts, and it’d be wonderful to find out how many essays have been ruined by false edits on it’s pages. But if it’s page on Indonesia is anyway close to being true, then it’s absolutely frightening. Containing 26 million people, they’re spread over 17,508 islands. Annemarie are a band that come from one (or possibly more) of those islands, but you might not guess it. They claim to be influenced by Acid House Kings and you can tell – their sound has bathed in the glow of Labrador records and has come out sounding positively Scandinavian. It’s a beautiful interpretation of indie-pop, with more than a drop of twee in there for good mix and some shoegaze inspired guitar work thrown in for good measure. It’s wonderful, and it won’t fail to put a smile on your face. They describe it themselves as ‘bubblegum’ or music for a summer picnic. Don’t you miss summer? My main worry is how they’d go about touring – bands in the UK get upset if they’ve got to travel from Birmingham to Glasgow, nevermind having to island hop.
Anyway, they’ve got 3 tracks to download over at their record label, and they’re glorious. You can right-click-save-file-as, or just stream them below. Their debut record has sold out, but they’re in the process of recording new songs, but these are some older ones. Enjoy.:
Annemarie – Bubblegum I See (Music is my Girlfriend records)
Annemarie – The Living Model (Music is my Girlfriend records)
Annemarie – Apple (Music is my Girlfriend records)