Thursday, June 21, 2012

Stream/Download: TV Girl - The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle

The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle is a mixtape from the San Diego duo Brad Petering and Trung Ngo, together known as TV Girl. It is the perfect summer soundtrack and screams "Play me on the way to the beach!" It's hot outside and we need carefree music and they provide it in spades. The mixtape draws heavily from doo-wop and the bubblegum rock of the 50's and 60's. Fans of recent revivalists Cults, Richard Swift, and The Stepkids will find plenty to love on this one. After "Keep Me Distracted", which serves more as an intro to the mix, "I Wonder Who She’s Kissing Now" is the perfect reference point for their sound. It's sweet looping strings, subtle horn accompaniment, and trip-hop beat recalls fellow sample-based crooner Jens Lekman.

"It Evaporates" has a gentle sway above bubbly keyboards with a classic finger snapping doo-wop rhythm. There are a lot of big hip-hop beats that keep everything moving along with heavy grooves like on "Mirror Mirror". "Jane's Critique" is a voicemail from one of their mothers explaining how her favorite track is the ensuing "The Artist", which is a definite standout. It features wonderfully sardonic lyrics like "I'm gonna move to San Francisco and watch all the hip young artists struggle with their rent / I'm gonna be one of them / I'm gonna find a pale young heiress / I'm gonna make her fall in love with me / And live the good life for free / Im gonna be an artist." The toy piano and thumping beat are the perfect backdrop for the playful track. Even if you don't like it, they can counter with "But my mom says I'm cool!" The mixtape may be a little too innocent for some but it is really an all around fun listen. As each track flows into the next, it almost feels like they are winking at you as it plays out. The release is out now via Das Racist member Himanshu Suri’s Greedhead imprint. As stated on the cover, the download actually does come with an activities book. You can grab it for free here.

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