Casino Ashtrays

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Twee pop is best appreciated in small doses, which is why the single and EP are of paramount importance to the style. This three-track, eight-and-a-half-minute CD EP is a perfect encapsulation of the twee pop aesthetic, pairing Laura Watling's breathy little girl voice and uncertain pitch to Raoul de la Cruz's simple acoustic melodies. The title track is a two-minute gem, with a terrific melody and some excellent intertwining acoustic guitars, featuring appropriately wistful lyrics. While the other two tracks aren't quite up to that level, they vary the basic sound just enough (muted trumpet interjections on "Been Here Since November," a Cardigans-meets-Carole King vibe on the mellow "Invincible") to avoid the tiresome sameiness that often plagues twee pop. Those who despise cuteness will want to avoid this, but this is a strong EP from a band that sadly never fulfilled its promise.

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