TEEN – Tokyo

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TEEN is a not a teen anymore: it grew up into a woman with a lot to say.

It’s not a single voice speaking but four. Former Here We Go Magic keyboardist Teeny Lieberson and her sisters Lizzie and Katherine have been making music together for a while now, shifting from the lo-fi psych of their debut “In Limbo” to the art rock-infused R&B of “The Way and Color“, which set the entrance in the band of bassist Boshra Al Saadi. Their third effort, enthusiastically titled “Love Yes”, seems to take its cue from the lush, sleek, soul-like vibes of its predecessor but with a more resolute tone, as if they were replenished by new flowing energies. The record shows a certain strength in content as well, and a feminist one at that: it explores the dynamics between love, sex, power and spirituality in the psyche of the modern woman. Standing in white shirts and shiny jewelry on the album cover, they look like Prince protégées who have read Germaine Greer. And they sound like that too: fully emancipated Vanity and Apollonia, with much more voice and much less lace lingerie.

As a proof, listen to “Tokyo”, a captivating dance pop tune which serves as the album’s second single. Slinky and buoyant like the ’80s, “Tokyo” tells the story of man who fantasizes about leaving his aging wife. Think of a Minneapolis Sound version of Kate Bush‘s “Babooshka“, with which it shares not only the topic, but the perfect catchiness of the chorus as well.

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If you liked “Tokyo”, and we’re sure you did, here’s another treat: “All About Us”, the first cut from “Love Yes”, a delicious and energetic slice of girl group pop that’s actually empowering.

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“Love Yes” is out 19th February on Carpark Records. More info at this link.

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