As the dust settles from this past week’s CMJ cyclone, we’re left to sift through the handful of baby-band gems left behind. They’re typically unpolished – and the diamonds vs. cubic-zirconia-from-Spencer’s-Gifts ratio is high – but finding out is half the fun, yes?
Exhibit A: Sleigh Bells. The unsigned Brooklyn duo (vocalist Alexis Krauss and everything-elser Derek Miller) make the kind of super-fuzzed laptop rave-ups that sound so good because they’re rough – like an early-’90s grrl group ditched Olympia for a Bronx block party, blew out all its amps on the road trip, and still killed it when they got there.
Listen to “Infinity Guitars,” below, and stream the also-excellent “Crown on the Ground” and “Ring Ring” on their Myspace:
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More from EW’s Music Mix:
CMJ Music Fest: Indie’s ‘next big thing’ bands do NYC
Warpaint: The Music Mix recommends
Metallica assists in search for missing fan
‘Once’ more: The Swell Season’s Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Paloma Faith: Don’t cry “Amy Winehouse rip-off!”
Leonard Cohen at Madison Square Garden: The master at 75