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Album Review

When ethnomusicologists of the future look back on the cult phenomenon that was twee pop, they need go no further for defining moments than "Twee," the opening track on Tullycraft's wonderful Beat Surf Fun: A catalog of icons and totems that includes nods to Sarah Records, 14 Iced Bears, and the Pastels' Aggi Wright, its quintessentially adenoidal vocals and manic strumming culminate in the rallying cry "You can keep your punk rock, ska, rap beats and house, f**k me I'm twee!" It's fitting that such a statement of purpose would originate with Tullycraft, one of the true pioneers of American twee pop and, as of Beat Surf Fun's 2002 release, one of its few remaining proponents. Between its fizzy lyrics, brittle guitar riffs, cheesy Casio keyboards, and primitive rhythms, the record seems very much out of touch with contemporary pop; its ebullience and innocence hark back to a time that now seems very long ago. But sometimes, nostalgia can be a breath of fresh air.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Seattle-based indie pop trio Tullycraft formed in 1994 from the ashes of Crayon, reuniting singer/bassist Sean Tollefson with drummer Jeff Fell; completing the lineup with ex-Wimp Factor 14 guitarist Gary Miklusek, the group debuted in 1995 with the Harriet label single "True Blue," subsequently notching an underground classic with "Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend Is Too Stupid to Know About," their contribution to Harriet's The Long Secret compilation. Following the Cher Doll 7" "Bailey Park," Tullycraft...
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