Pop music needs people like Dennis Greeuw. The Dutchman is a serial fanzine writer and music supporter, with titles such as Revolution in the Head, All that ever mattered and The Pop! for kids project. His latest project, dating back to 2011, is Candy Twist, and he’s followed up the fanzine by starting a little DIY record label. His ethos is to promote new and exciting pop and punk music to the widest possible audience, and he’s managed to persuade a load of your favourite indie pop bands to give him some exclusives – every track is a new release.
The release flits through genres and moods without a care in the world (seemingly anyway) and although the quality (especially in regards to the recording quality) varies as is expected of this sort of compilation, what you get at the end is a satisfaction of being propelled through new and unheard delights, a perfect way to delve into a whole range of new bands.
The album blasts into life with the adrenalin soaked punk of Londons The Fireworks. It fires along at heart in your mouth speed, but has this classic indie pop tune, complete with singalong backing vocals vocal that’s sort of a contrast to the wall of sound in the background. Following on is the folky sweetness of Dublin’s Cave Ghosts, who offer ‘Mistakes’, this lovely little stripped down song, that’s made by the irresistible female vocal. It retains this fragile sort of beauty even as the accompaniment becomes thicker and more amplified.
Bradford’s The Hobbes Fanclub and Gothenburgs Liechtenstein offer up two c86 like indie pop pieces, the former throwing a delightful little tune up, while the latters almost post punk leanings mean it never even approaches the term twee, so reviled by NME writers these days.
Its followed by the much more punky Clatty Harriet by Martha, which has this sort of retro attitude as well as sound, but its fun and catchy and makes you smile, and what can be wrong with any song like that. Following on from that is the summery sounds of the Felt Tips, and the chiming optimism of Spains Lost tapes, who’s All I miss has this glorious buzzy guitar solo towards the end.
We’ve written about Norway’s Making Marks, and they again provide one of the highlights, this infectious harmony laden melt your heart sort of a song, called Breakthrough.
Horovitz provide this sort of Britpop-like joy, before Uxbridge’s Colour Me Wednesday then provide another of the albums (many, it has to be said) highlights, with a song that is utterly loveable, with these crashy guitars against the sweetness of the vocals being just glorious.