February 15 — “Springsister” by Pia Fraus

Pia Fraus

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Springsister” by Pia Fraus (2008, from the album After Summer). Pia Fraus are a shoegaze-y/dream-poppy band from Estonia. Their name is latin for “Pious Fraud” — someone in medicine or religion who presents false evidence in order to con people to into believing in their cause. To the pious fraud, the ends justify the means. Even if you’ve tricked them into believing, they believe.

The six-member band has released four proper albums, starting with the self-released Wonder What It’s Like in 2001 and the most recent After Summer in 2008. I’m not sure if they’re still active, and their website isn’t much help in that regard.

I don’t know much, and can’t find out much about this band. Just that they’re Estonian, that they self-released their first record, and that their last two records have been on Seksound Records, a label that they started. They’ve shifted their lineup a couple of times, but the core is made up of some art school pals.

This band isn’t really shoegaze, but it’s not fair to say that they aren’t shoegaze. They’re not noisy enough, but they have the shoegaze sound. They have the guitar distortion all that going for them. They have the buried vocals going for them. They don’t have their amps to 11, though.

They sing in English, but I can’t begin to make heads or tails of this song:

About all I can get apart from the title is the line “All I need is you”.

Like a lot of bands of their ilk, Pia Fraus uses boy/girl vocal harmonies, and they use them really well. It’s one of the things that make this song, and the band in general, pretty great. I guess you could say that they’re three parts The Swirlies, one part Yo La Tengo, but with the volume low, the windows open, and the light shining in.

The official Pia Fraus website, the Clairecords website and the Seksound Records site are all sort of bare-bones. No obvious way to order the record from them. I’d say, then to get it from amazon. Digitally download it from your normal, legal sources.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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