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In early 2010 Cults (the duo of guitarist Brian Oblivion and singer Madeline Follin) posted a single called “Go Outside” that enjoyed some well-deserved buzz. Featuring twinkling glockenspiel, a pulsating beat, layers of echo, and a terminally infectious chorus it’s a catchy and clever tune. And it’s surrounded by enough good material to prove that Cults is no one-hit wonder. The band’s appeal lies with their straightforward approach: basic drum beats, shimmering guitars, and well-placed synths and trippy samples that wrap around Follin’s sunny, sing-along vocals. Her sweet and innocent voice is in contrast to the often snide lyrics that she delivers with the kind of seductive melodrama associated with Motown girl groups and female-fronted Phil Spector creations such as the Ronettes. The other standouts, namely “Abducted,” “Most Wanted,” “Oh My God,” and “Never Heal Myself,” are bouncy and textured and coated in a gauzy sheen that injects just the right amount of mystery to the album. Overall an enjoyable debut that manages to be intriguing while delivering the ear candy.

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Haunting pop on Lily Allen's new label

Cults' self-titled first release plays out like brightly lit scenes deleted from a David Lynch film, as the New Yorkers draw from early girl group Motown, Broadcast's haunting song construction, Blondie's vitality, and the clever simplicity of Magnetic Fields. This blend of historic styles that Cults uses as construction material also finds them distinguished as the first group signed and pressed by Lily Allen's new record label. This is future film noir or psychological thriller soundtrack material alongside The Raveonettes, The Kills, Tamaryn, and Timber Timbre.

The Perfect Summer Soundtrack

Definitely one of the best albums of the year, serves up some of the catchiest Indie Pop around as each song flows into the other. Some highlights for me include "Go Outside", "Never Heal Myself" and "Oh My God", but the whole album is pretty amazing.

Play any disc inside a gym

And listen to it from the outside. It will sound like this.


Formed: 2010 in New York, NY [Manhattan]

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Cults' twinkling experimental pop arrived in a shroud of mystery early in 2010, when the group posted three songs on its Bandcamp page. One of those songs was "Go Outside," which mixed dream pop haze with girl group harmonies (and, fittingly, samples of Jonestown leader Jim Jones) and earned the band acclaim from publications including Pitchfork and NME. Eventually, Cults' core duo was revealed as guitarist Brian Oblivion and vocalist Madeline Follin, who were also a couple. Later in 2010, Cults...
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