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Published May 22, 2014 on The Le Sigh

SALES’ makes intimate pop that will never get old.

Over the last 10 months, SALES have been releasing singles on soundcloud as a steady build to their first full-length record (TLS covered their “Renee” / “Tonka Time” 7″ earlier this year). SALES’ newest track “Vow” is also a slow build in itself; it hangs at the same relaxed pace throughout, thanks to a boomerang guitar line and Lauren Morgan’s gentle voice. As Lauren sings, she bounces on top of each word and never reaches her full volume, like you’re hanging out and playing music in her room but don’t want to annoy the roommates. Jordan Shih provides deceivingly subtle backing on drums, also never making more noise than absolutely necessary. The Orlando duo toes the line of folk, indie pop, lo-fi and minimalism and refuses to commit to one genre, which is part of SALES’ intimate appeal. “Vow” tackles the confusion of intimacy, as well: “Looked at you too long at last / Fell apart in the lows of a laugh.” To cap off the 3-minutes, liquid guitar riffs flow over Jordan’s steady rhythms giving the perfect finishing touch. If you’re in the NYC area next month, come see SALES play at the Paper Box on June 20, presented by THE LE SIGH, with Kaiotic Music and The Epoch. Florist, Small Wonder and Told Slant will also be playing.

Published May 13, 2014 on The Le Sigh

Cavity Castle: Short, sweet, and we’re already craving more.

Leggy’s 11-minute debut EP is a sugar rush, which is fitting as it’s titled Cavity Castle and the lead track is “Sweet Teeth.” The trio of “indie punk pop-tarts” formed in Cincinnati early fall last year, and already their sound and style are solid and in sync, and they’ve secured a local residency. Leggy are buds with THE LE SIGH favorite Tweens, and like them, Leggy’s lo-fi pop is confident and flirty with lots of girly attitude (the similarities are not surprise considering Tweens’ drummer Jerri Queen, also of Vacation, produced the EP with John Hoffman of Sleeves).

Cavity Castle is short and sweet, and an ace introduction. Leggy can write a hell of a pop song; I can’t remember a moment when “Sweet Teeth” wasn’t playing in my head this week. The melodies and singer/guitarist Véronique Allaer’s voice push and pull through the hooks and bass and drum breakdowns (played by Kerstin Bladh and Christopher Campbell, respectively) right into your brain. The lyrics easily find their way in your head and are fun to sing back in Allaer’s sweet tone: “Twist and turn me like a pin screw / ‘Cause you know I got these baby blues for you” (And I don’t even have blue eyes!). The less upbeat songs aren’t as immediately infectious, but Leggy uses the opportunity to play around with the ebb and flow even more, which pays off. Closing track “Alexander” toys most with the syncopation, until it just stops, leaving you wanting. Also, is anyone immune to a Grease reference, because I’m definitely not: “By the end of the party / You’ll be Danny, I’ll be Sandy” on “Sweet Teeth.” Cavity Castle‘s vintage prom queen cover art highlights Leggy’s old school call back. The Grease shout out is only the most obviously instance of Pink Lady vibes, plus, “I feel like I’m still a Catholic school girl / Tracing the lines on my small, sweaty palms” on “Sky Blue.” (The prom queen theme reaches a little further when you catch Allaer’s cameo as the queen of Tweens’ prom for their “Forever” video.) After the sugar high of Cavity Castle fades, Leggy’s debut feels almost too quick, like the sad realization that you’ve just finished the bag of Reese’s Pieces. And we’re already craving more — Leggy, that is, and now chocolate, too.