Posted October 15, 2014 by Mike Mineo in Tracks

Blue Plutos – “Want to Want”

Blue Plutos

NYC/Boston-based group Blue Plutos wowed a few months back with their twangy jangle-pop gem “Shadow Chateau“, one of six tracks off their new album Dennett St.. The release has sounded particularly apt the past week or so as I’ve been revisiting it, as the weather has been in a grey-ish limbo between summer and autumn that’s a great fit for nonchalant jangle-pop/power-pop in the vein of Felt, The Go-Betweens, and The Church; these artists always bring a sort of infectious effervescence amid their rainy-day solitude, and Blue Plutos is enjoyably similar in that sense.

As a result, it’s worth revisiting the track “Want to Want” in particular. Compared to the developmental atmospheric trickling of “Shadow Chateau”, “Want to Want” begins with an immediate burst of power-pop color. Punchy percussion, fleeting acoustics, and a playful synth-pad form over the suave vocals, which help signal a melodic shift at 0:38 that first marks the effective yet subtle transition into a fully infectious chorus with anthemic appeal. That part is great, but also be sure stick around for the absolute brilliance at 01:40, when the group launches into an awesome vintage-sounding slice of psych-pop that resonates with a supremely brilliant melody before shifting back to the amiably anthemic chorus.

If you’ve heard “Shadow Chateau” and “Want to Want” – and enjoyed one or both of ’em – then it’s highly recommended to check out the rest of the highly impressive Dennett St. below:

Mike Mineo

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