Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Rebel Light's - Deep Groove Shiny Pop of "Strangers"

The Rebel Light, a trio from Los Angeles, has been crafting their sound since 2013 all the while infusing their indie rock with a sort of retro 60's pop sheen. Think the Shins with a heavy sunny dose of The Lovin Spoonful or even the Mamas and the Papas. Their latest track "Strangers" is sparkly dreamy pop with a deep groove supporting a lot of "ba ba baaa baaa baaa baaa ba's" but not in a tongue and cheek or self aware retro sort of way. The thing I love about the Rebel Light is that their shiny pop approach is truly earnest and down to earth. This particular track also happens to have an absolutely gorgeous bass line.

The video as directed by Spencer Hord cuts scattered remembrances via vintage styled shots and present day. The tone feels like relationships in different degrees of decay and or growth. The Rebel Light have always taken a DIY approach to their own promotion and all that work has paid off as "Strangers" has been added to the Sirius XM Alt Nation playlist. Cool.
Robb Donker

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