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Martha Sleeping Beauty Fortuna Pop! Records
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Ged M - Jan 26, 2015
‘Sleeping Beauty’ is warm, melodic, itchy-footed pop showing a love for 90s indie guitar bands and childhood pursuits: “it’s alright: when no grown-ups are around you can still be Daphne and I’ll be Fred”, sings Naomi. It’s excitable and energetic, with lyrics delivered as boy/girl duet in a Durham accent, which adds to the charm. It’s accompanied by a mixtape curated by the band. It includes their cover of Cheeky’s punky-pop ‘Bad Mood’, Chrissie Barnacle’s Joanna Newsom-ish drone-folk ‘Nightride’ and Trust Fund’s shouty, teen-angsty punk: “wanna smash my mobile phone, I just wanna be alone”. Best of those tracks is Radiator Hospital’s Blue Gown (featuring Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield), a 77-second blast of exquisite Breeders-like pop, but the whole thing is a neat summation of the DIY scene, compiled one of the best of that group.