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Prince Innocence – “Dissipate”

Prince Innocence
I’m a little bummed about the apparent absence of Toronto’s Little Girls in the last year or two, but Josh McIntyre is now part of another fantastic project called Prince Innocence along with vocalist Talvi Faustmann.

I interviewed him about it for Exclaim! almost a year ago, and the excellent single “Dissipate” — which came out back in the fall — gives me good reason to be excited about McIntyre’s future, with or without Little Girls.


 
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Little Girls – “White Night”

Little Girls
Here’s another track from Little Girls‘ recent EP Cults. It’s a video for the opening cut “White Night,” which, in typical Little Girls fashion, is a hard-hitting fuzz rocker with ultra lo-fi production values and a creepy-as-fuck new wave vibe.

The accompanying video, also in typical Little Girls fashion, includes lots of flickering images and creepy, VHS-looking static. Unlike past clips, however, this actually features the band members. As far as I remember, this is the first time songwriter Josh McIntyre has actually appeared in one of his own videos.


 
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Hi, I’m in Delaware

He was actually very friendly
During last year’s Polaris race, I ranked Little GirlsConcepts as my top album. So I’m pretty excited that the band is currently working on the follow-up. Go to Exclaim! to read my interview with project founder Josh McIntyre.

He’s putting out a new EP called Cults soon. Listen to a song from that release, “Delaware,” below. (Hi.) It’s a super dark, new wave-y cut that was previously released as a single. Awesome.


 
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The heart is a stone

I love Little Girls? Little Girls are awesome? There's really no good way to say it.
Confession: I don’t like Beach House. Sure, the songs are pretty, but nothing about it sticks with me or provokes any sort of emotion. Listening to Teen Dream, I feel nothing. I call it the Grizzly Bear Effect.

On the other hand, I love Little Girls. (Why do people always look at me funny when I say that?) The Toronto band began as the home recording project of multi-instrumentalist Josh McIntyre, and has since evolved into a four-piece touring lineup. McIntyre and former guitarist Andrew Wilson recently a recorded a version of the Teen Dream track “10 Mile Studio,” and McIntyre posted it to his blog.

I’m still not crazy about the tune itself—it is Beach House, after all. But it’s interesting to hear this cover because, unlike everything Little Girls have ever done before, it’s not completely fuzz-garbled. Despite the cavernous reverb, this sounds practically crystalline compared to last year’s Concepts.

Halfway through, the distortion kicks in—and, not coincidentally, the song immediately gets much better. Still, this is a unique chance to hear Little Girls try something a little different.

MP3: “10 Mile Stereo”
 
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Your latest shitgaze fix

Little Girls - Concepts
Those already disenchanted with the shitgaze genre should probably stop reading now. Little Girls is the solo project of Toronto musician Josh Mcintyre (member of the garage punk duo Pirate/Rock), who recorded the debut album Concepts on his laptop, much of it using the computer’s built-in microphone. The result is muddy, distorted as hell and drenched in reverb. It’s not the kind of project that will appeal to sound engineers and audiophiles, but his gritty no-fi surf rock sets an effectively ominous mood that makes the album addictive listening.

Little Girls’ music isn’t instrumental, but it may as well be. Most of the songs on Concepts contain lyrics, but the vocals are buried low in the mix, and are managled with fuzz and cavernous reverb. On some songs, they’re tough to even distinguish from the guitars, acting like any other instrument in the densely layered tracks. The percussion is almost entirely electronic, with simplistic beats that sound like they were recorded off vintage keyboards.

Numerous tracks recall the murky reverbitude of Psychocandy-eya Jesus and Mary Chain, especially “Thills,” which apes the rhythm from “Just Like Honey.” For the most part, however, the closest sound-alike is Wavves. And while Little Girls don’t have any pop songs quite as memorable as “So Bored,” you can enjoy Concepts without having to reconcile yourself with the public persona of Wavves frontman Nathan Williams.

mp3: “Thrills”

Concepts is out now via Paper Bag.
 
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