Download "Buoy" by The Nightgowns (Righ-click or control-click to save to your computer)
Tacoma, Wash. doesn't have the reputation for music that its neighbors Seattle and, further south, Portland have. But Tacoma is getting a little more attention this year for a group called The Nightgowns. The four-piece band released it's full-length debut earlier this summer and have since been touring and getting some airplay, including a featured spot on NPR member station KEXP. The Nightgowns' new CD, Sing Something, is a nice mix of mostly uplifting, if occasionally moody, electro-pop gems. The band's music is heavily influenced by '80s pop sounds, but lack the heavy handed production. Analog drum machines and synths anchor the songs, but the melodies are more intricate and the mix more finessed. There are a number of standout tracks on Sing Something, but "Buoy" is the one I keep going back to:
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