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"Pop music shouldn't always get a bad rap," says Top Pops!
, a recurring selection of indie pop highlights across a selection of styles, updated every month to keep you on your wiggly toes. This month, Gardens & Villa
and Dum Dum Girls
return, Howard Ivans
and The Rosebuds
goes solo, and JMSN
, Starlight Girls
and The Slims
show that they really, really know how to do their own thing.
Gardens & Villa - "Bullet Train"
Returning with the introductory single from their February 2014 Secretly Canadian
, Southern California's Gardens & Villa
seem to be on a brand new tip of exploring death and life in the fast lane. Californian at heart and name-dropping Los Angeles and The Bay Area like rapstars, "Bullet Train" dishes out Prince-like funkiness and manages to one-up the band's previous use of falsetto-laden vocals and flute-playing majesty. My favorite track from the record, "Bullet Train" is just one quick glimpse into an album full of reflections on being