Indie Dispatches: Giving It Up For the Ladies…

Nashville's Caitlin Rose returns to US after bubbling in Britain

After the last week’s examination of a couple of business developments in the indie sector, maybe it’s time to talk again about some new music. By some ladies in particular! On high rotation is the debut album by Tennessean Caitlin Rose. After bubbling up in the UK over the past year, where she has already developed a great reputation and an ever-expanding group of fans, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter is now stepping out here in the States. The album Own Side Now – finally released in the USA in March – is one of the high points for the year so far. In some ways Rose is reminiscent of flame-haired alt-country chanteuse Neko Case, though there are touches of Emmy Lou Harris, and maybe even Zooey Deschanel/She & Him. Rose heads out on a US tour this month to support the album release, hitting the west coast in the coming week. meanwhile, Australian duo An Horse, fronted by the cute-as-a-button Kate Cooper, just released their sophomore album Walls on indie Mom + Pop. The band’s 2008 debut Rearrange Beds was a guilty pleasure – a straitforward album harking back to the fertile scene in the Pacific Northwest in the 90′s, and bands such as The Spinanes and Sleater-Kinney. In an ever-more bombastic music world and one that is propelled by the blogger’s quest for the flavor of the month (or should we say of the hour?) An Horse – both live and on record – come across as simple and honest – the proverbial breath of fresh air. And it seems like we are not alone in being impressed by new combo Pageants, from here in LBC in SoCal. Formed by Rebecca Coleman, who split last year from her position as the keyboard player in local indie rock faves Avi Buffalo, picked up the guitar and enlisted some of her former bandmates in her new endeavor. Despite only a handful of local shows under their belt, Coleman’s current outfit have impressed with their new sound, which is, at times, quite mesmerizing. Sonically Pageants come across as a hybrid of Beach House, Cults, and (of course) Coleman’s work in Avi Buffalo – with layers of shimmering vocals and sparkling guitars. Still yet to have anything officially released, that may not be the case for long, after it seemed that everyone at a recent show at 3 Clubs was ready to start a record label just to release something by the band after being awed by the group’s set. One to definitely file in the ‘new to watch’ department.

- Cool Hand Luke