It’s been a while since we covered Bourgeois Heroes, a little indie pop duo out of Northampton, MA (Jason) and Austin, TX (Elise). Who communicate over that long distance to create the music contained within their releases. At the time, I likened the duo to melodramatic 80s bands like Echo & The Bunnymen. On their latest single, Olé/Hola, the band slips away from those earlier sounds and holds its ground steady in indie pop. In fact, here they side more with modern underground indie pop artists like Afternoon Naps.
Their signature sound remains; there are mopey, melancholy melodies, but they aren’t depressing. There’s substance here that was there before, but now it’s more prominent. “Olé/Hola” is playful and has a chorus that will stick with you for a year and has a Beatles meets Apples in Stereo sound to it. Then there’s “When You’re Dancing”, blends indie pop with hints of 60s psychedelic pop. Jason coos in the latter: You’re beautiful / When you’re dancing on repeat, and it couldn’t be more perfect.
If anything, Olé/Hola is two exceptional tracks from a great band that simply must be heard. This single is why singles are such a great medium for music. My recommendation: add this 7″ to your collection. It’s very much worth it!
Grab the single, digital or on 7-inch wax, from bandcamp.
Listen: “When You’re Dancing” by Bourgeois Heroes
[7″ Single, 2011]
2. When You’re Dancing