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||Brand New Spine||California Oranges||3:40||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||We've Got Time||California Oranges||3:38||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Travel Writer||California Oranges||3:18||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Anywhere USA||California Oranges||3:46||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||I Still Hold On||California Oranges||3:17||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Silver Shoes||California Oranges||2:32||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Feel Better||California Oranges||5:30||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Waiting Is Slow||California Oranges||3:38||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||I Told Grace||California Oranges||3:35||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Matter of Consenquence||California Oranges||3:24||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||I Won't Let You Back In||California Oranges||3:34||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||When I Sleep||California Oranges||3:51||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
Sacramento twee pop supergroup the California Oranges return with their fourth and best album, an unapologetic throwback to that point when bands like Velocity Girl, the Apples in Stereo, and Holiday Flyer (from whence came three-fifths of the California Oranges) created a workable indie pop alternative both to flannel-clad machismo and insular lo-fi weirdness. Imperial Hearts is the band's most assertive album, a crisply recorded collection of fully realized and well-arranged pop songs built on ringing and jangling electric guitars and the alternating boy/girl vocals of co-leaders John Conley and Verna Brock. Several tracks, most notably Conley's propulsive "Silver Shoes" and Brock's yearning "Anywhere USA," are among the band's finest work. Unfortunately, a fundamental problem with this particular brand of indie pop remains: at 12 songs in 44 minutes, Imperial Hearts starts to drag a bit in its final third. The songs themselves are in no way inferior to those that came before, but there was a reason why the low-budget D.I.Y. 7" single was the defining hallmark of twee pop: two or three songs is just about exactly enough winsome harmonies and sugary melodies to enjoy at a time. Even though the five-and-a-half-minute shoegazer ballad "Feel Better" is smartly placed at the album's midpoint, functioning as a sort of built-in breather, listening to all of Imperial Hearts in one go is kind of like eating an entire bag of the band's namesake fruits in a sitting: what's refreshing and sweet at first can turn cloying.
Formed: 2000 in Sacramento, CA
Years Active: '00s