Monday Music Muse: The Botticellis
Why SoCal and Sweden are closer than you think, or how to take the speed lane to SXSW glory.
By Maria Popova
With harmonies that give Fleet Foxes a run for their money, vocals reminiscent of The Magnetic Fields, and cinematic beats that channel Scandinavian favorites like Sambassadeur, indie popsters The Botticellis took the speed lane to our (disappointingly short) best-of-SXSW-2009 list.
Their sun-drenched sound and dreamy guitars come, unsurprisingly, from Southern California. And while a clear nostalgic connection with surf culture oozes from their music, deep lyrical sensibility and unique analog production make The Botticellis a delightfully unclassifiable force of their own.
Their debut album, Old Home Movies, is every bit as excellent as their eponymous SXSW track, which you can snag for free right here.
You can also spot The Botticellis (and a ton more free downloads) on Daytrotter, easily the best up-and-coming music site around, and one we’ve been enamored with for a long, long, long, long time.
Published April 6, 2009