White Shoes & The Couples Company
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White Shoes & the Couples Company is hands down the best indie pop band to call Jakarta home. On their debut self-titled album, the six-piece group creates a sound so smooth, rich, and frothy that any town with a sweet tooth for pop music would be glad to claim them. Mixing the open and friendly vocals of Aprilia Apsari with accomplished and imaginative backing from the rest of the group, White Shoes have an incredibly warm and inviting sound that betrays the influence of soft rock, disco, bossa nova, Indonesian film music, jazz and '80s indie pop. The closest comparison one might be able to make is to very early Everything But the Girl, only White Shoes has a much lighter and not at all gloomy touch. The album is so light it feels like it might float away at any second, carrying you along to the heavens with a warm feeling spreading throughout your weightless body. The gently strummed guitars, lightly brushed drums, polite keyboards, and soaring strings (courtesy of the band's secret weapon April Mela Prawidiyanti) are arranged just so, and Apsari's voice (whether singing in English or Indonesian) is perfectly angelic throughout. When she's joined by the rest of the band in harmony, it can take you to some very nice places. Preferably someplace warm, but with a cool breeze on your neck and a soothing beverage in hand. And of course White Shoes & the Couples Company playing on the radio. Songs like "Windu & Defrina," a mid-tempo bossa nova inflected tune that shifts halfway through into a foot-tapping jazz dancer, or the bubbly "Topstar," do actually sound like radio hits beamed in from the mid-'70s that should have been. Other songs are near-perfect pieces of dramatic, cinematic atmosphere (the epic-length strings and woodwind version of one of the record's best songs, "Nothing to Fear"), cotton candy pop ("Brother John," "Tentang Cita"), and reflective, tender balladry ("Runaway Song," "Senadung Maaf"). It adds up to a masterful debut from a band overflowing with ideas and blessed with the talent to bring them to life. Another record this good and we may have to change that opening line to read "one of the best indie pop bands period." [Minty Fresh reissued White Shoes & the Couples Company in fall of 2007 and added two bonus tracks: the charmingly cute "Kapiten Dan Gadis Desa" and "Sabda Alam."]
White Shoes & The Couples Company is probably one of the cheesiest acts to make it across the ocean. The band has two couples and every one of their music videos seems to involve twirling and hand-holding and giggles and glee. And somehow I can't help but smile at it. This is the kind of music you'd hear in Katamari Damacy. Or possibly an elevator. Quirky, cute, but with enough substance to keep it interesting. This is bound to turn your sad little existence around.
White Shoes & the Couples Company
This album makes me think of what it would be like to drop acid while watching the Mary Tyler Moore show. I love it. Their videos are great- really cool and artistic.
just a matter of time.
Years Active: '00s
Top Albums and Songs By White Shoes & The Couples Company
||Tentang Cita||White Shoes & The Couples Company||4:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Senandung Maaf||White Shoes & The Couples Company||4:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Windu & Defrina||White Shoes & The Couples Company||4:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Tentang Cita||This Is Minty Fresh! Vol. 1||4:03||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Nothing to Fear||White Shoes & The Couples Company||4:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sabda Alam||White Shoes & The Couples Company||4:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Top Star||White Shoes & The Couples Company||3:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sunday Memory Lane||White Shoes & The Couples Company||4:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Aksi Kucing||Skenario Masa Muda||3:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Brother John||White Shoes & The Couples Company||4:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|