Here we are at Issue No. 3 of Letters From Bandcamp. And you know what the say about threes, right? Three times a charm, everything happens in threes, three strikes you’re out. They say a lot of things about threes. What you can say about this three is that it’ll either make you want to don a tutu and dance in a field of poppies, or lock yourself in an abandoned warehouse and never speak to your loved ones ever again. Either/or.
This album is called Songs Rejected From The Romeo + Juliet Soundtrack Circa 1996-1997, which is probably a lie, because it sounds like a ghost stubbed his toe, fell down a flight of stairs, and landed in the middle of a brassy lounge band playing a farewell show at a Hawaiian resort.
On Planets is the moniker of 20-year-old Sean Wharton from Vancouver. Sure, he might just be another kid with a laptop, but he’s another kid with a laptop who makes beats that’ll get your thighs dewy. The ear-quivering vocals in that track are the work of a woman mysteriously called “Scoop,” and she sounds like Macy Gray if Macy Gray never had to “try.”
Frontwoman Ramona Muse sings like she spent all of last night screaming at a hockey game and her voice is just one yalp away from fading away completely, or jumping out of her throat. She also sings pseudo-cheesy, materialistic parody lyrics like, “I’m so glad that we got cable/now I’m sure that we’ll be able to fall in love.” Awww.
I used to have a recurring nightmare about my parents giving me away to a leather-faced woman who lived alone in a mansion and I would always wake up right before she locked me in the closet.
Buttons make syrupy, bow-tied twee-pop and they only have one “Like” on their Facebook page. So, not even every member of the band is a fan? It’s like saying you don’t like candy and sunny day back rubs.