Listening to this gives me shivery memories of early noughties indiepop and Dressy Bessy’s wondrous early albums for Kindercore and Track & Field, not to mention their electric live shows – when they had fresh, vibrant, melody-soused songs, packed with sass and sunshine.
Fast forward to the present and the band still retain the handclappy, bubblegum pop sound but it’s grown a little spikier (like us all). ‘Lady Liberty’ - the first taste of 2016’s forthcoming Kingsized album - is full of catchy, stop-start rhythms that start a dance-urge in your trotters. On the flipside of this blue vinyl treasure is their version of George Harrison’s ‘What Is Life?’ - played in their infectious style but overlaid with splashes of fuzzy guitar, plus piccolo and flute for a touch of bubblegum-folk. The sleeve credits friends including Mike Mills on backing vocals for this song and his former bandmate Peter Buck, who played 12-string guitar on ‘Lady Liberty’. As ever, Tammy’s insistent singing style rouses you onto the dancefloor and shows no respect to the passage of time in revelling in the freedom of pop.