Much less sherbet-fuelled but no less catchy are Brooklyn's Chalk and Numbers. Theirs is a sophisticated take on classic beehive-haired jukebox pop. The songs on Soft Power Records' "Cassette Compilation" are wrought from the chrome fixtures and gingham tablecloths of a million American diners. All six are foot-tappers. "I Really Wanna Work This Out", however, is the real beauty here; think Denise James tackling a recently unearthed Beach Boys demo.
Chalk and Numbers aren't taking pop music anywhere new but that doesn't matter a jot when the songs are this good - see also Summer Twins. Time to watch "Grace Of My Heart" again, I reckon.
Both tapes were released earlier in 2014 but seem to make more sense now that there's the odd shaft of springtime sunlight to bump up the optimism.
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