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Any Kind of Pretty

by Daylight Basement

Edgy indie pop-rock w/electronic flourishes w/powerful, wide-ranging vocals
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Godspeed Girl
3:37 album only
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2. Crying
4:31 album only
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3. Just Kiss Me
3:36 album only
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4. Honey Bees
3:56 album only
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5. 12 Doors
5:09 album only
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6. Fireworks
3:53 album only
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7. Any Kind of Pretty
3:09 album only
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8. Fate
4:51 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The band was born this summer as a solo project for Bre Loughlin, who dazzled Seattle critics and quickly developed a passionate following as the lead singer of Kuma. Musical friends and associates around town quickly started talking to Loughlin about collaborating with her '" first Rotten Apples lead singer Dejha Colantuono volunteered to play bass and sing back-up. Then came Davis Martin, best known as the Maktub drummer; David Bos, guitarist of the Jeunes; and finally Joey Veneziani, keyboardist and programmer of Secret Civilians.

Bre and the rest of Daylight Basement hit a creative gusher, and soon began recording with Jonathan Plum at Seattle’s legendary London Bridge Studio. They emerged from the studio after some marathon sessions with an intoxicating, sexy album '" infectious pop, clever punk that reconstructs ’80s dance-rock.

While the background is often familiar, the foreground is intensely new, with Loughlin crafting stunning images and piecing together fragments of a soul-in-chaos.

As a ThreeImaginaryGirls.com reviewer aptly put in after seeing one of Daylight Basement’s first shows: “As brash as Blondie in their prime, deeper than the Divinyls, this is the dark glamour of real art pop punk as it was originally conceived: gorgeous and grinding in feedback squeal and fishnets.”

The new Daylight Basement album is varied and complex, with the Billy Bragg-ish “Godspeed Girl,” the jittery layers of guitar on “Honey Bees,” the pure pop of the title track, the moaning anguish of “12 Doors”.

After only a handful of live shows, the band has already locked into a tight barrel of sound, with the electric performer Loughlin charming, seducing and disarming audiences with a deadly mixture of honesty and entertainment.

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Geoffio

This Cd is the best thing ever
I got this cd last week and I havnt stopped listening to it yet. Its so wonderful. I listen to it at work and at home and whilst I'm driving and when I'm sleeping and taking showers and long moonlit walks on seattles many exotic beaches. Such a wonderful record everything is so crisp, so clean, and soo refreshing. If you dont buy it, you'll be letting yourself down. You owe it to yourself to own this record.
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Michelle Brady


Bre is an amazing songwriter and performer. Her delicate yet powerful vocals command you to listen. 12 Doors is my favorite tune, with a melancholic beginning that kicks into a full on rockfest....Am I losing you? I have not been able to stop listening to this cd. I highly recommend this disk and if you ever get the chance to see Bre perform with Daylight Basement or solo take it!! You will not be disappointed. How can it be that such an amazing artist/band is not a household name?
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Tanya Olson

It is wonderful!
I really enjoy the music I only wish I lived in Seattle again so that I could go and see them live. It is refreshing to hear a band that is talented I recomend it to anyone who wants to hear something a bit different. I have played it for many of my friends and they love the CD "Any kind of Pretty". Good luck with the sales of it.
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Sam

It was great!!!!
I got this last week and hav'nt stop listening since!
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imaginary dana

Daylight Basement delivers a series of black fingernail-scraping hooks, lipstick
It's rare when a record comes along where all the forces of personal creativity and intuitive collaboration click and grind in a way that makes the work seem timeless, though made up of various fragments of fertile musical periods. The Cure's Kiss Me Kiss me Kiss Me is an emotional landmark in people's lives, created out of suffering and newfound confidence. The first Pretenders album has that feel, too: a rock and roll outcast baring her heart with the perfect band. So does Any Kind Of Pretty, an album so privately provocative, erotically charged, and multi-dimensional that it can easily sit next to the two just mentioned.

Bre Loughlin was the centerpiece to Kuma, an experimental synthesizer-based Seattle band (described as 'romantic industrial'), where she startled people with her devastating vocals and seductive beauty. Her new band Daylight Basement delivers a series of black fingernail-scraping hooks, lipstick-smeared melodies, and tight rhythms encased in red leather pants, while Loughlin lovingly displays the width of her personality, from fire-band assertive to disarmingly vulnerable. The music has gone from spiky avant-nostalgia to a more traditional guitar-based format, but the pedal effects, keys, and drum syncopations keep things from ever getting predictable.

Loughlin collaborates on Any Kind Of Pretty with gifted local musicians, including drummer Davis Martin (Maktub), bassist/vocalist Dejha Colantuono (The Rotten Apples, The Pin Ups), guitarist David Bos (The Jeunes, Lloyds Rocket), and keyboardist Joey Veneziani (ex-Sibyl Vane). With Veneziana's infectious programming, Martin's nimble and feckless percussion, Colantuono's note-perfect rhythms, and Bos' Wall Of Sound neo-psychedelic buzz and strum, the album is choked with glorious hooks and heartfelt playing.

From "Godspeed Girl," the insanely catchy opener about Loughlin's feeling of solidarity for strong women, to the brazen manic pop thrill of "Just Kiss Me," to the aching and deeply touching admission of need "Crying," the swirl of passionate but restrained playing is a dynamic tension that leaves enough space for the listener to bring their imaginations (along with their hearts) back to time and again. "Fireworks," a gut wrenching ode to empathy created out of fire-walking daily tragedy, may be my favorite single of the year. Even a less urgent and more traditionally dramatic number like "12 Doors" has a chorus that crushes you out.

They say it's sad to watch a good thing go bad. And if that's true, it's also bracing to hear a stylish experiment in mod posturing eventually mature into a resplendent and seductive excursion into real rock and roll fire.
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