1986 was the year when world first seen American alternative rock band Pixies. It has been a long career since these guys from Boston released their first demo ‘Come On Pilgrim’ and continued with albums Surfer Rosa, Doolittle, Bossanova and Trompe le Monde. That brings us to the new album ‘Indie Cindy’ freshly released 23 years after their last album.
These “mischievous little elves” left us waiting long but came back in very strong manner. Indie Cindy starts with energy and unmistakable sound which, if you are a fan, you should recognize within seconds. Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering (Kim Deal left band in 2013) delivered easy listening album mixed somewhere between alternative rock, sunny beaches moods and punk bits.
Album jumps between rock(ish) songs like opening ‘What Goes Boom’ where the early yell in background brings melancholic flashbacks and easier on ear tracks like ‘Greens and Blues’ which brings beautiful melodic guitar to the surface with iconic voice of Black Francis.
Title song ‘Indie Cindy’ jumps between genres and shows nice description of alternative meaning – mixing smooth vocalizing with quoting which gives song temperament contrasting nicely with lyrics – “Indie Cindy, fall in love with me, I beg you for to carry me.” . ‘Bagboy’ follows in the same manner.
‘Magdalena 318’ would be something of my personal highlight on this album, since this song resonates art and long long career from which Pixies surely learned thing or two. Albums moods work like well-built music player – subsequently. Where ‘Silver Snail’ follows Magdalena there ‘Blue Eyed Hexe’ leaves it with rock(ish) sound and perfect stage opportunity.
Movie melody was what ringed in my head while listening to ‘Ring the Bell’, having indie rock sound, this song could easily bring new listeners in. ‘Another Toe In The Ocean’ is very also playful track.
‘Andro Queen’ is a slow motion song which eases us up with emotions in both melody and lyrics. ‘Snakes’ will wake you up and ‘Jamie Bravo’ saying goodbyes closes whole album.
‘Indie Cindy’ is from my point of view very good album, with it’s mood nicely fitting in upcoming festival season, with it’s both rock and indie moods never leaving it’s alternative mode and with it’s comeback we were waiting for. And my suggestion to you? It’s worth listen.
Before you leave me – album cover is something we should not overcome, here comes name, one might want to remember and it’s Vaughan Oliver, who in his past made covers for bands like Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins or Bush. He is, obviously, author of this orange cover.
- “What Goes Boom” – 3:32
- “Greens and Blues” – 3:47
- “Indie Cindy” – 4:41
- “Bagboy” – 4:54
- “Magdalena 318” – 3:25
- “Silver Snail” – 3:29
- “Blue Eyed Hexe” – 3:12
- “Ring the Bell” – 3:35
- “Another Toe in the Ocean” – 3:46
- “Andro Queen” – 3:24
- “Snakes” – 3:46
- “Jaime Bravo” – 4:24
- “Women of War” – 3:48 (7″ Record Store Day Bonus Track)