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Review: Overdressed Darlings

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The hometown band that's taking the metro area by storm is going public with its eponymously titled second EP. Overdressed Darlings, or O.D.D. for short, is an indie pop/alt collective with musical stylings in the same vein as The Hush Sound and Wake Owl with a touch of Radiohead. The band has described itself publicly* as "the ironic dressing up of overwrought public appeal, but sexier."

O.D.D. indeed dials up the sexy, incorporating elements reminiscent of speakeasy-era lounge music into their modern sound. Their live performances are a treat in spite of their exclusivity and perhaps to the aid of their mystique. The group prides itself on its authentic, pre-Internet underground aesthetic, preferring to utilize word-of-mouth and cheap posters in lieu of the "inorganic approach" of advertisement via technology. Last weekend, I caught them off stage following a pub appearance boasting to no one in particular that their social media presence was virtually nonexistent. "Have you heard of O.D.D?" bass player Alec Herveaux asks when he notices me hovering at the edge of their space in the crowded bar. "Yes," I tell him. A palpable wave of disappointment washes over his body. He refuses to acknowledge me for the rest of the evening.

While they may be reveling (or not) in their moderate success, the band has been through some tough times in its brief existence. Frontman Alan Riddley confirmed that the previously released album titled Subarctic Monkeys (10 rare tracks comprised entirely of the band's first arguments spoken over soft, melodic harmonies) will not be reproduced following a copyright lawsuit. They intend to continue to incorporate the vintage tracks into their live set as a nod to fans who supported them prior to the litigation that inevitably led to bankruptcy and drove former guitarist Conrad Vale to alcoholism, may he rest in peace.

ODD's EP is out now but only available for purchase at one of their three live shows. Show dates and locations can be found by listening to the wind breathe its secrets on a midsummer's day, or by invoking the wisdom of a small cluster of hipsters at your local fair-trade coffee house.**

For entirely convoluted reasons, the band has requested that I not review individual songs in an effort to preserve their integrity. As such, I can only confirm that the album is, in fact, music of some sort.

The complete track listing is as follows:

1. Everything and Nothing
2. Druthers
3. Don't Acquiesce
4. Subservient Patriarchy
5. Incognizant Masses

*Publicly in this instance meaning once or twice in a crowded room.
**As with all hipster encounters, approach with caution and be sure to lead with a handmade gift of no discernible value, preferably a hunk of distressed wood or exceptionally ugly tribal wristband.



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