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Much hyped Dean Blunt-cosigned trio bar italia follow the acclaimed 'Tracey Denim' with another shilly-shallying set of punky, Sonic Youth-influenced bedsit indie rawk.
Previously signed to Blunt's World Music imprint, bar italia moved to Matador for the debut album proper earlier this year and they're back at it again. 'The Twits' isn't a loose collection of off-cuts either. Jezmi Fehmi, Nina Cristante, Samuel Fenton left London for sunny Mallorca back in February, spending two months recording a proper album of grungy alt-gunk and jangle pop, steeping it in very modern aloofness.
Crisante's vocals on opener 'my little tony' sound as if they're being piped through a rotary phone, slurred over the band's boxy drums and Thurston chug. But they're not locked in the spot for long; 'Real house wibes (desperate house vibes)' sounds like Kim Gordon covering Teenage Fanclub, and 'worlds greatest emoter' grabs the decaying corpse of post-punk, adding radio-friendly hooks that should find bar italia an audience in various halls of residence across the country. They're more vital when they slow down a bit and their callow skronk is given the space it needs to shift into daydream territory.
'calm down with me' is brittle and striking, a call back to the Scottish lo-fi era, and 'Brush w Faith' zeroes in on Crisante's charming tremble, backing it up with unbalanced Flaming Tunes guitars and pattering jazz-y drums. Nae bad.