Little Boots - "Earthquake" (from the album Hands)
Blackpool, England artist Little Boots, who will be making a special in-store appearance and signing copies of her acclaimed brand new debut at Amoeba Music, San Francisco today at 6pm (Tuesday, March 9th), is a most promising electropop artist with a somewhat familiar yet new & unique sound. Already a star in her homeland, where her singles-heavy debut album Hands was released nine long months ago, this former member of Dead Disco saw her Warner Elektra album finally released Stateside last Tuesday (3/2).
Little Boots' sound is new while simultaneously rooted in electronic pop's past, with that past including the not too distant 1980's techno pop of such artists as Gary Numan / Tubeway Army and The Human League. Fittingly, Philip Oakley from the Human League appears on the early eighties sounding album track "Symmetry" -- a track that Amoeblogger Brad cites as one of the dozen track album's best songs. Traces of Kraftwerk surface in the fat synth opening of "Stuck On Repeat," a song that, once it kicks in, is somewhat reminiscent of Kylie Minogue.
Little Boots - "Symmetry" (feat. Philip Oakley)
Predictable but unfair comparisons will, and have already been made to Lady GaGa, with whom Little Boots unarguably shares a knack for crafting a catchy dance pop tune with global appeal. Little Boots wore a GaGa-ish costume in concert in New York on last Tuesday at the Highline Ballroom that included a gold lame face mask. This penchant for highly dramatic clothing certainly doesn't help in distinguishing her from the omnipresent GaGa, but the UK artist born Victoria Christina Hesketh is different in sound.
For one thing, her pop songs are tad more subtle in structure and hence take a few more listens to forever sink into your subconscious. Another distinct difference is Boots' electronic gizmo heavy instrumentation. Both in concert and in her influential and popular video clips (the YouTube clip of her latest single "Remedy" is almost at 4 million hits) she can be seen playing a multitude of instruments with one specifically, the Japanese electronic instrument called the Tenori-On, distinguishing her from most other contemporary pop music artists.
Little Boots - "New In Town"
You can buy Little Boots' Hands CD at each Amoeba store but if you go to her Amoeba SF instore today, you can get your copy signed. You can also buy Hands online directly from Amoeba Music for only $12.98 right now by clicking here. For more info about the instore, click here. She also plays the Fillmore in San Francisco tonight on a bill with Class Actress and Dragonette. Tomorrow, Wednesday (3/10), she plays in LA at the El Ray Theatre, with the same two acts sharing the bill. And on Friday (3/12), she plays The Glass House in Pomona. And by the time she plays Coachella next month (4/18), she will most likely be on her way to stardom Stateside.
Little Boots - "Meddle" (live on Jools Holland UK TV)
Little Boots - "Remedy"