v/a: Secret City Vol. 1 LP (See My Friends, 2016)May 19, 2016 at 6:20 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Neat little comp of current Portland indie pop bands. First and foremost, I like the fact that this compilation is at 45 RPM and is short. It does what it does and then it’s over and you have time to listen to something else. You get a small taste of each of the bands, and if you want more, you can do your research and hear more. Some of it is kind of more downcast and sort of like the Field Mice or Felt or the more fey, girlfriendless stuff on Sarah Records. The songs by Honey Bucket are the peppiest ones here, and also Mope Grooves’ “Shape of a Pocket”. Lamebrain’s “What a Mess” is a pretty decent bummer power pop songs. It wouldn’t be entirely accurate to call this “twee”, but if the phrases “indie pop” and “Northwest” bring to mind K Records and the surrounding scenes/communities, you’ll have a good idea of what this sounds like.