A recent debut from the Woodsist label, Art Museums Rough Frame is somewhere between a simplified version of early Belle and Sebastian or a Syd Barrett album, if Barrett had been a teen-aged indie rocker in the '90s. It's dreamy and deliberately callow indie pop with endearingly stilted vocals. There's a bit of '80s U.K. DIY and a lot of reverb. Since they're Americans and it's 2010 the album is like a pendulum sweeping between adorable and irritating. Like a too-sweet girly drink on a hot day. But this video has a way of smoothing things over for me.
ART MUSEUMS "S.H.O.P.P.I.N.G." (Woodsist) from Kerry McLaughlin on Vimeo.