LA NEVE "American Sounds"
(Don Giovanni Records)

American Sounds sees Joey “Quits” DeFrancesco, guitarist for Sub Pop’s Downtown Boys, making a striking creative divergence into dream pop and dance music, all while cutting a figure in a dress.  La Neve’s deadpan vocal delivery is remarkably fun and the keyboard work and drum beats are deft and complex, filled with deliberate counterpoint hooks. The songwriting is playful yet adamantine in its groovy danceability and the timbres are bright and surprising. There are some serious Italo-disco moments throughout.  Just about every cut on this tape is fresh but my favorite is the title track.

Definitely one for the Psychic Television fans!

-- “Jamband” Josh Brown