Indie-pop wunderkinds TEEN bring a pop-psych vibe to their latest release, the EP ‘Carolina’. Although TEEN definitely possesses an alt-rock flavor, they sway quite often toward psychedelia, which makes their alt-rock side all the more mellow and fuzzy. The group may have met The Magnetic Fields in a past life.
TEEN is an all-female quartet formed in Brooklyn in 2010. TEEN is Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson, and her two sisters Katherine and Lizzie, and Jane Herships. Kristina left her spot in the band Here We Go Magic to take the reins on TEEN.
The addition of organ, especially on the title track and the EP’s highlight, ‘Paradise,’ turns ‘Carolina’ into a more dreamy affair. A small horn section (a trumpet) adds some kitsch on ‘Circus.’ Teeny’s sprawling voice takes up residence throughout the EP. She’s a meld of late 70s Debbie Harry and 80s Laura Branigan, refreshing for this century.
According to an interview in The Line of Best Fit, Teeny Lieberson cites as past influences Patti Smith, Pink Floyd and the experimental band Can from the ’60s and ’70s — which could explain the wonderfully loopy guitar improvs on “Carolina.”
Here is a link for TEEN’s new video, “Circus.” Carolina EP comes out May 28 on Carpark Records. TEEN is also touring with Eleanor Friedberger starting June 4. By the way, you can download the single “Stare at the Sun” at Friedberger’s website.
Dig It or Ditch It: Dig it, but be prepared for the echo effect. The EP sounds like everyone’s in a giant tin box, which can be distracting sometimes.
Listen to “Carolina:”