NME has named dreamy L.A. pop duo Kisses one of the ’50 Best New Bands of 2010′ — number 40 to be exact — saying “This duo are so laid-back, they sound like Erlend Oye in a crushed velvet smoking jacket.” (Okay, I had to look that one up. . . Norwegian guy . . . Kings of Convenience.) Kisses songwriter Jesse Kivel describes their sound as “nerdy, cheesy, popular music that’s a whole lot of fun”. I might add ‘languid’ and ‘tranquilizing’ and I mean that in a good way. Their first single ‘Bermuda’ got noticed right out of the gate, and now ‘People Can Do The Most Amazing Things’ is also garnering attention (The Guardian). In October they go on the road to Japan, England and parts beyond. (Prediction: Paris is going to love them.)
And yes, there is a local connection — the fetching girl on keyboards is Providence native and Lincoln School grad, Zinzi Edmundson, who moved to the West Coast for college and seems to be fitting right in.
Matthew, go here for Saint Etienne remix. (Videos after the jump.)