Bigots is an indie pop duo composed of Israeli-Australian twins Itamar and Daniel Livne. They have played together since the age of nine. Bigots Under My Bed is their most recent release.
The band are somewhere between atmospheric folk and rock. This was an album that reminded me of AIr, Belle and Sebastian, and other indie acts that were fairly popular a number of decades ago. That’s a big compliment because I love those bands. There’s also a bit of a vibe that feels like The Beatles but more Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band type era.
The first song is called “He’s a Philistine'' and immediately it sort of feels like you’re rocketing off into the space. It’s not too far from “Space Oddity” by David Bowie mixed with the more contemporary vibe from Air. It’s catchy, cosmic and somehow doesn't feel too grand or pretentious.
“Bad News from Delacroix'' is still atmospheric and alien sounding but also quite playful and warm. Crystallized synths are juxtaposed against guitar and very well executed vocals. The chorus absolutely pops as well and is infectious. I thought the use of slight dissonance worked very well in the song
Next up is “Spicy With a Dash of Salt'' which starts with a vibe that feels a bit like the tango. As it unfolds it becomes another extremely catchy song but the use of instrumentation is experimental enough to make it feel novel.
“Movies (Scene After a Scene)” is a synth heavy song and another tune that is infectious while “Elbows” and “Silence” continue to form a strong foundation for the duo. Last up is “Closing Remarks” which melds some white noise, guitar and drums with a sweet sort of ballad.
I loved this album. Every song is fun and interesting. It’s accessible yet still feels novel and experimental at times. Two thumbs up here.
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