1. Ice Cream Shout / Marianne
2. Very Truly Yours / Across The Sea
3. Civic / Toilet Paper
4. Language of Flowers / Tara Mascara
5. The Soft City / Snow Keeps Falling
6. Silver Screen / Hearts
7. The School / Drummer Boy
8. She Sir / Ginger
9. lily of the valley / IOK-1
10. Shelling / Sea Dream
11. Sundae / Vuelve A Casa Por Navidad
12. The Bridal Shop / Ideal State
Ice Cream Shout
mika and bob met and started as a duo in spring of 2007. using a combination of songs composed individu- ally and cooperatively they played a number of acoustic sets at picnics, art installations and clubs. Upon hearing band friend, Ryu’ s attempt at an english description of his karaoke performance of a certain Who song, the band name ice cream shout was born.
early in 2008 mika and bob, eschewing the typical remix, contributed a cover version of the Sound of Arrows’ Danger to their Labrador Records debut single.
The remix was later used in the American TV show Gossip Girl. Soon after, friends fumi and jun joined the band transforming the once duo into a full-on band, and their previously twee sound into a broader, more dynamic pop sound. the recent addition of chris on guitar further increased the bands live presence.
Very Truly Yours
One day a girl found a message in a bottle. The message was from a person she’ d never met in a place she’ d never been. Every day, the girl would read the message and every night she would write a song. She would imagine all the things the person would do, the things they would see and the sounds they would hear. This went on for some time until one day the little girl took all of the songs and put them in a bottle. She went down to the ocean where she found the message and wrote a letter telling the person about all the songs she’ d written about them. She signed the letter “Very Truly Yours” and threw the bottle into the ocean, hoping it might one day it might reach that place she’d never been and find the person she’d never met.
Yasuhiro Hachisuka, who was a student at that time and loved GALAXIE500,THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN so much, formed the band with Mari Miyata, Kodai Terakawa and his younger sister Tomoko on 2004. Songs written by Hachisuka during a decadent period in his bedroom have changed by playing as the band which consists of a rhythm section by Miyata and Tomoko and a lead guitar by Terakawa. Though almost all of them are the beginners at playing instruments, the Civic sound was slowly formed. Once Terakawa left the band for his buddhism training, but he soon got back to the band.
The inarticulate and lazy vocal by Hachisuka, noise guitars, high-toned vocal and unskillful bass playing by Miyata, the colorful guitar by Terakawa and dreary standing drum playing by Tomoko are not so skillful actually, but their sounds is standing on the fragile balance and quite unique. Sometimes people amongst the indie pop and shoegazer scenes call their sound "miracle".
Simple rhythm, simple chord progression and catchy melodies with the band's melancholic and innocent mood are making civic popular underground.
Language of Flowers
Marc McCourt (guitars) & Colm McCrory (bass) played together as Language of Flowers years ago and weren't very good so gave up. They resurrected the band in 2003, bringing on board Tara Simpson (vocals), Bentley Cooke (drums) & Ashton Cameron (guitar). Since then they signed to Shelflife Records in San Francisco & released their debut album, 'Songs About You' in October 2004. Now they are no longer active. Some of the members formed new groups.
The Soft City
The Soft City started life as the song-writing side project of drummer Phil Sutton, formerly of London punk/soul legends Comet Gain and Track and Field’ s best-kept secret, Kicker. Aided by former Kicker bandmates, a three-track EP, titled The Soft City, was recorded in London and released in 2007 by the Cloudberry label. After moving to New York in 2008 Sutton was joined by singer Dora Lubin, formerly of Washington DC band Black Max, and guitarist Jason Corace, who had released singles and an album as A Boy Named Thor. The group made their live debut at the 2009 New York Popfest, playing at the Cake Shop with, amongst others, Knight School and My Teenage Stride. Shows with The Legends and The Drums followed before the group went into Gary Olson’ s Marlborough Farm studio to record The Soft City LP. New York’ s hardest working musician Ladybug Transistor and Crystal Stilts keyboard ace Kyle Forester joined them for these live shows and recordings. Since the LP was finished The Soft City have recruited bassist Turner Stough and finally they released the LP from Plastilina Records on March 2010.
Silver Screen is LA- based musician Cris Miller who writes the songs, plays the instruments, and produces the records. Having been involved in the past with projects like Froxel and Lindero, and sometimes currently with The Melody Guild (Projekt Records), Miller released the debut album “The Greatest Story Never Told” with the name Silver Screen from Clairecords in 2005.
THE SCHOOL is a lovely new pop band hailing from Wales, in the United Kingdom.
Eight young people fronted by charming Liz from the also very charming bubblegum psychedelic popsters THE LOVES. She is the main singer and keyboard player, and surrounding her we find Rosie (acoustic guitar and backing vocals), Steph (violin), Josh (drums), Ryan (bass), Ceri (electric guitar and backing vocals) and Filmryan (glockenspiel and percussion).
Combining such influences as indie-pop and the brightest shimmering 60's productions, THE SCHOOL's style is a Brit version of sunshine pop with moments of light and shadow, the kind of infectious, hyper-melodic pop you can simultaneously cry and dance to. Sophisticated, happy songs, with a little melancholy thrown in them, inspired by THE BEACH BOYS (and the fantastic AMERICAN SPRING, produced by Brian Wilson), THE BEATLES, Phil Spector and girl bands from the 60's. Not forgetting, of course, other current bands with whom they share references and tastes, bands that also wrap their sweet melodies in wonderful keyboard and string arrangements, bands like BELLE & SEBASTIAN, SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME, CAMERA OBSCURA, Jim Noir, LUCKY SOUL, THE BRUNETTES or LITTLE MY.
After their first record, "Who Can't Say Yes," met with strong critical praise -recently being called one of the best of the 2000's by The San Francisco Appeal- and charted well nationally on CMJ, shimmer-pop players She Sir set out to solidify and expound upon their unique brand of carefully calculated songcraft. Unique phrasing, intricate arrangement, smart sensibilities, and cagey rhythms are just a few of the elements that contribute to the unique She Sir sound. By combining carefully constructed songcraft and unhurried vocals --along with their education and background in Classical and Modern music composition practices-- the band achieves a wall of sound that unmistakably presents a modern skew all their own. With immediacy and accessibility, She Sir will ensnare the listener and, with repeated listening, prove itself worthy of extended attention and promises to bring new listeners to the genre. On August 2010, "Ev'ry Thing In Paris" was released by Happy Prince.
lily of the valley
Lily of the Valley hails from the northern town of Japan, Sendai.
They are known to the crowds with their contribution to the great Japanese shoegazer compilation album "Total Feedback". Nozomi (vocal, keyboard, programming, etc) and Tsukasa (guitars) creates
dream-pop songs which consists of multiple chorus layers, soft beautiful guitars and electronic productions. They released their debut album called "My Secret Garden" in 2009 and will release their 2nd album on March 2011 from Happy Prince as well.
Shelling was formed in 2007. Now they are active mainly in Tokyo. 'Shelling' means to gather the shells. Shelling consists of Aya (guitar, vocal, synthesizer, lyrics and artworks) and Shota (guitar, synthesizer, mastering). Floating ambience, coolness of electronica, dreamy shoegaze sound and comfortable vocal remind the listers of visionary scene. Their sound is sometimes called "sherbet pop".
Spanish indie/twee pop band, made up of Davis (vocals), Cris (guitars, bass guitar, programming, keybo- rards), Jose (guitars, bass guitar) and María (percussion, glockenspiel, keyboards). Their first single release came out on January 18, 2010 on beko-dsl (http://www.beko-dsl.com/).
The Bridal Shop
The Bridal Shop was formed in Stockholm, Sweden in mid-2006, when three old friends and one new decided to put their musical ambitions together. At first, their crystal clear non-pretentious indiepop ideas seemed to lead to an easy way towards their ideal sound. However - as always - differences got exposed. That, together with the mix of control freaks and lazy bastards, added the spice and tension needed to create the breathy rock music The Bridal Shop are known for. With warm electronic beats and layers of pop melodies they have presented their wall of sound-version to an audience of varying size, Concerts have, by natural reasons, been concentrated to Northern Europe. The record releases, on the other hand, have so far on different labels on the two American Continents.