January 3, 2016 — “4-15” by She Bit Her Lip

She Bit Her Lip

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “4-15” by She Bit Her Lip (2015, from the album Viiv).

She Bit Her Lip is a shoegaze quintet from Tartu, Estonia. I don’t know anything about them except that they released an album last October called Viiv and that it was put out by Seksund, which is the label that was founded by the kids from Pia Fraus.

I stumbled upon a different song of theirs today while I was doing some routine shoegazer research. First a different song from the album called “Voolav Viirastus” (which translates to “Flowing Phantasmagoria”), then a couple of the other album tracks.

I’m certain that one of the things that I find so appealing about tonight’s song is that for at least the first five seconds, it reminds me a lot of “Brassneck”, which is in my top five Wedding Present songs. Listen for yourself:

After about 17 seconds, the song takes a decidedly quiet turn before getting loud/quiet/loud again. There’s also a few tempo changes, so the song is always in flux.

I love the coed vocal harmonies, even if I have no idea what they’re singing about. Sometimes I give the impression that I speak a bit of Swedish or Russian or Japanese, or in this case Estonian. I don’t speak any of those, and even if my life depended upon it, I could only understand the tiniest bit of French. But this is another one of those examples of a song that I like a lot, and I don’t know or even care what they’re on about.

I have no idea what’s next for this band. I only know that this album came out in October. You can buy it via Bandcamp here.

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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