By De Novo Dahl
Young six-piece De Novo Dahl come from Murfreesboro, Tennessee (population 68,816). Murfreesboro has been named the Most Livable Town in Tennessee. Which is nice.
And the six track EP they have sent us is pretty nice too. In fact it's so nice I don't like it much. Which is shitty of me, I know. But even "Monsterproof" with a big howl of a vocal line is gentle and kind and rich in harmony singing, while falling pretty short on the kind of sexual, emotional or intellectual thrills that pop music is legally and solemnly contracted to provide.
English bands are maddeningly reluctant to learn how to play, sing, write or look good. De Novo Dahl have most of that sorted out, so there's plenty to learn from them. But even the second string of Leeds bands (say numbers 50 through 100 in the ratings) have a gloriously reckless appreciation of how dangerously destabilising pop music should be. One world, but many planets is all I can say.
If you go to their web site you can see how cute Serai looks eating an apple. The music has a hint of Worship Band about it. Which is fine on Sundays.