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Dressy Bessy knock the dust off a fading indie-pop sound and return with Kingsized 

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I’ll be the first to admit that I never really considered the return of the Denver-based, Elephant 6 Collective-associated indie-pop act Dressy Bessy. It’s not because I didn’t love the band’s first record, 1999’s Pink Hearts, Yellow Moons, or the freaky pop scene they worked within, one also traversed by Apples in Stereo, Beulah, and Of Montreal. But the band seemed more and more like a relic of a bygone era—packed tidily in the closet alongside the bright polyester suits, polka dots, and paisley print shirts already reserved for future Halloween costumes and dust-bunny gatherings. Even Kevin Barnes, front man for Of Montreal, has totally reinvented himself as an EDM-dusted progressive-rock guru—bless him for it—making the closing of the musical chapter he helped create seem that much more inevitable. But then (bam!) Dressy Bessy dropped a very solid new album in 2016. Kingsized (Yep Roc) is a direct extension of where they left off in 2003. Tammy Ealom’s vocals remain as saccharine as ever, which in this instance is a good thing. Stuffed with her instantly recognizable guitar hooks and British Beat-style rhythms, the record works through the lens of nostalgia—the 60s as seen in the 90s—but also in today’s low-fi pop landscape.   v

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