Teenage Sweater – "Oceans and Seas" / "SWEAT"
Tapping into the zeitgeists of today and 2010, Santa Rosa's gloomy, shoegazing chillwave duo, Teenage Sweater, open their first EP, Kewl, with "Coconut Water" — a song described in the band's press release as a "waves-crashing-on-the-beach-while-you-snuggle-your-prom-date" tune. They left out the "in-an-ethereal-opium-haze-wearing-thick-eyeliner-and-crying-at-how-fucking-beautiful-everything-is" from that description. But, hey, that's cool. Teenage Sweater sound like a blurrier, more downtrodden Small Black — or perhaps Neon Indian, minus the neon. The group leans on distinctly slower beats and moodier synth tones than the aforementioned. You get the sense that frontman and ringleader Mario Ruiz spins a lot of New Order records when he isn't [...]