Just Enough Hip To Be Woman is a bold step forward for BRONCHO. Though it certainly bears the hallmarks of their previous work — fuzzy, guitar-driven rock – the production and energy of the record moves into decidedly sleeker and decidedly more new wave directions (think Cheap Trick meets the Drive soundtrack meets every great song from Fast Times at Ridgemont High meets the greatest after-hours party you've never been to). Tracks like "Stay Loose," "NC-17" and "What" are the kind of pop-rock that could have easily been beamed in from the same universe that gave rise to The Cars (or a looser version of The Strokes), while the album's first single, "Class Historian" — with its unstoppable "do do do do" vocal refrain is the kind of song that seems scientifically engineered to stick in your brain forever and is arguably best played loudly over a car stereo with the windows down and your long hair blowing in the breeze. Clocking in at just more than 30 minutes, the eleven tracks on the new record are a potent statement of intent: an effortless sounding rock record that dips its toe into a variety of different styles without ever succumbing to any of them.
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Los Angeles native Pearl Charles' smoky, psych-folk footprint treads somewhere between a gentler, silky Jefferson Airplane and more fiery sides of Joni Mitchell. Her debut EP was recorded with the help of a crew of local producers who've aided similarly roiling records from Rooney, Cherry Glazerr, and La Sera. That release's first single "You Can Change" was a soulful pop track where Charles commands and deplores ("you can change what you want, but I just can't change your mind) with feisty harmonic woos. But the simmering "I Ran So Far," debuting here, pairs rootsier lyrics ("I run to the river/But the river run dry") with a western twang and grave, moaning guitars.
Although only in her early twenties, Pearl Charles already has a strong résumé. She's earned a BFA in music from CalArts and in her free time has toured with the Growlers, Father John Misty, and Thee Oh Sees aside from working on her own projects, the Driftwood Singers and the Blank Tapes. Her next tour will be a small venture around California. Listen to "I Ran So Far" and take a look at her tour dates below. Pearl Charles is out on July 28 via Burger Records. - Spin