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Monday, June 27, 2011

The Bilinda Butchers: Hazy, Seductive New Bedroom Pop from S.F.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 4:38 PM

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Alright, so they're called the Bilinda Butchers, which will either infuriate or delight My Bloody Valentine fans out there. (Non-nerds: Bilinda Butcher was the seminal shoegaze band's second vocalist, the one who sang that song you love on the Lost in Translation soundtrack and most of the others you probably know.)

The Bilinda Butchers, however, is not another warmed-over shoegaze band -- which is a good thing. What is it? Warmed-over chillwave, or dream-pop, or something: Think machine beats, haze aplenty, dragging tempos, vocals half-covered in the luxuriant vapors of a cheap synthesizer. This S.F. duo cites the Radio Department as a big influence, and appropriately so: Like the best Radio Department stuff, a few of the songs on the Bilinda Butchers' new EP are pretty much immediately seductive. That EP, Regret, Love, Guilt, Dreams -- which came out last week -- is available for download on a pay-what-you-want basis. Hear it after the jump.

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  • The Bilinda Butchers

The whole thing is pretty plush, but we recommend "Tulips," "Careless Teens," and "Sigh" to start:

Another, slightly older song:

stevie nicks by the bilinda butchers

Not bad, eh? Considering these dudes have already gotten some blog love and apparently even put that song above on a Mercedes-Benz compilation, you can probably expect to hear more from them.

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