NorCal Report: French Cassettes

September 23. 2011 | By Samantha Saturday

The young lads of French Cassettes make ditties that are sunny and bright; songs that will make you want to get up and shimmy on the gloomiest of days. Every once in a while I come across a band that I feel compelled to put on every mix CD I make for the next three months, and this is one of those bands.

This Bay Area group formed when the quartet were still in high school, which wasn’t that long ago, surprisingly. In the short time the group has been around they’ve managed to craft a sound that is both poppy and refined — saccharine without being sickening.

For such a young group of musicians, French Cassettes really know how to produce clean, shiny pop songs, even flawlessly incorporating saxophone on the killer groove “Hands.” The shining gem of “Mouth Drum,” on the Summer Darling EP, features rollicking drums and a groovy guitar riff layered in with singer Scott Huerta’s scorching vocals. Having just two EPs under their belt, they’re already starting out on a gorgeous note. They’ll get your hips swaying and have you singing along with every listen.

Check out the video for “Radley”:

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