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These Are Powers

Anything Above Nothing

Dead Ocean
Listening to 'Anything Above Nothing', these guys could well be my favourite new band. Hailing from American cities New York (Brooklyn) and Chicago, These Are Powers have tapped into everything I love about band music. This is a sweet pop record with infectious melodies, great keyboards and plenty of soul. Of particular interest here though is the drums that are inspired by Angolan percussion and UK house patterns, especially on the chorus where they ramp up a bit more without ever feeling like they're shoehorned. It's really unique.