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HEAR YE: Shocking Pinks

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PITCHFORK: Beyond its high standard of quality, Shocking Pinks‘ first DFA release might seem a less obvious fit for the label. And not just because Harte’s project shares its name with Neil Young’s 1980s rockabilly sidemen. A 17-track, 45-minute compilation cherrypicked from Shocking Pinks’ two 2005 albums for New Zealand’s legendary Flying Nun imprint (Mathematical Warfare and Infinity Land), Shocking Pinks veers even further from early-2000s Brooklyn for an emotionally vulnerable highlight reel of scruffy Jesus and Mary Chain dream-pop, ecstatic My Bloody Valentine haze, droning C-86 confessionals, and bedroom New Order bass lines. Oh yeah, and cowbell. Nick Harte is the ex-drummer for the Brunettes, who made their promising Sub Pop debut earlier this year. Those Kiwi indie-poppers go for lavish studio orchestration, but Shocking Pinks adhere to the lo-fi principles of hugely influential Flying Nun bands the Clean and Tall Dwarfs. MORE

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