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Indian Summer

by Chicklet

Luscious bubbly rock meets disarmingly melodic pop from toronto's dreamy boy girl duo.
Genre: Pop: New Wave
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Album Notes
Chicklet has followed up 1999's critically acclaimed full-length cd, Wanderlust, with Indian Summer.
The Toronto duo of Daniel Barida and Julie Park have created eleven delicious tracks of quirky pop brilliance. Indian Summer shows a more mature, confidant Chicklet at total ease with infusing their special brand of pop with ethereal ambiance, evocative cabaret-style storytelling, and a dreamy,
spacey groove. Julie Park's breezy, personal vocals and layered harmonies warm and soothe, while inclusion of unexpected instrumentation delights and intrigues. Interwoven cello invokes a subtle nod to Splendora, while an occasional garagey crunch recalls The Breeders. The cool moodscapes of
"September" and "Collide" and the Duran Duran-like synthy swirl of "SubCelebrity" and "Whitewashed" are equal parts charming and disarming.
Indian Summer is a juggernaut of savvy pop risk-taking, blending just the right amount of experimentation so as to be intriguing and unique, while losing nothing of its accessibility. Candy for the mind as well as the ears.

The Chicklet Bio:
Something new. That was what drove Daniel Barida and Julie Park into the studio in the summer of '95. The collaboration was mostly for fun and meant as a side project from their respective guitar-washed bands. At the time Daniel was still involved in Groundcover while Julie was busy in her band Brill. Both bands had become mainstays of the Toronto indie pop/shoegaze scene. It was a trip to Livonia, Michigan to record the song "Shellac" at Warren Defever's (His Name is Alive) home studio that led Daniel and Julie to believe that something good could actually come of this. Several months later, they broke up their respective bands, christened their musical project Chicklet, and concentrated on developing their own unique sound. What resulted was " Daisy Smile and Kitty ", a four-song cassette released in January of 1996. The songs' attractive harmonies were supported by an often ethereal moodscape.
In April 1996, they released "3 ", a six-song cassette which experimented with a more keyboard oriented sound.
That summer, Chicklet signed on with Satellite Records, an indie label based in Pasadena, California. Satellite released the vinyl 7 inch "Premiere" in April 1997. The three songs were culled from their first two cassettes and received enthusiastic reviews in the United States, Canada and Europe. With Daniel and Julie remaining the core of the band, they recruited friends to fill in for live shows. In December 1997, the Warren Defever-produced version of
"Shellac" was featured on "Splashed with Many a Speck " a compilation CD, released on L.A.'s Dewdrop Records. 1998 was a busy year for Chicklet. Satellite released five new songs by the band on the cd/ep titled "Lemon Chandeliers". It was followed by a highly successful tour of the U.S. in the early summer on which the band made many new friends. One of these friends, dj Rodney Bingenheimer of the Los Angeles based radio station KROQ, has played Chicklet on his show nearly every week since. By years end, Daniel and Julie had completed a video for the song Frown. Early in 1999, work started on their first full length effort, " Wanderlust ". Featuring 12 all new songs with the same fresh sound that they strive so hard to achieve, " Wanderlust " garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Four of the songs have been used on E!'s "Fashion Television" cable t.v. show (City TV in Canada) and the song "Out of Sight" was featured in an episode of MTV's "Daria". Chicklet continued touring and writing over the next couple of years which made them tighter than ever and help hone their songwriting skills. Now, after what seemed like an endless wait, their follow up to "Wanderlust" is here. "Indian Summer" is easily their most mature and tuneful collection yet. Ethereality mixed with crunchy guitars and a propulsive force within each song. Sometimes introspective, and other times bubbly dance pop with a wry twist.



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Stephen Masucci

Dreamy pop with an edge. Refreshing and fun.
A nice collection of pop tunes powered by wonderful female vocals. Most of these tunes have delightfully inventive arranging and choruses along with cool guitars and playful synths and piano. Refreshing mix of new ideas with an obvious nod to some very classic pop songwriting.
The drumming seems a bit busy at times but never enough to really undermine the tunes. I look forward to hearing more.