Blue Jeans, the latest signing to Seattle’s Jigsaw Records, have an ungoogleable name that could easily blend into the woodwork of your brain. Thankfully, their new album, Songs are Easy (and their Veronica Lake pedigree), makes sure you won’t forget about them all that easily.
With a dose of heavy reverb throughout, Blue Jeans have stripped the Wall of Sound of its gloss – making their songs approachable with an understated jangle. There are hooks hidden in their shadows, thanks to crafty synths and unimposing vocals.
They brighten the songs’ darkened corners with handclaps and thick sheets of fuzz to clear a path down memory lane that is as exciting as finding a stash of old home movie reels in my grandparents’ basement. With each song, I felt like I was unwrapping a new memory from summers-past.
“Kara Keeley” kicks off the album with a seductive growl of guitar fuzz to only knock me off my feet with “Ratz Revenge,” my favorite song on the album and a worthy theme song for my imaginary sitcom*. “Sunscreen” reminded my heart of summertime lusty love thoughts (a la “Peppermint Taste“).
Three Imaginary Girls is excited to offer an exclusive stream of the whole album so that you can take the plunge.
Still not ready to hit the listen button? Get a load of Blue Jeans’ favorite bands (in chronological order):
- Buddy Holly
- Del Shannon
- The Troggs
- The Archies
- T. Rex
- The Modern Lovers
- Dexy’s Midnight Runners
- The Go-Betweens
- Comet Gain
- The Rentals
With a cassette tape drawer full of those bands, how could you not want to jump in for a ride?
*for reasons obvious and also those very imaginary.