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Chair EP

(Mute; US: 24 Oct 2011; UK: Import)

A four-song taster of this duo’s debut full-length Lights Out, first single, “Chair”, finds Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe in fine and fuzzy form, working shoegaze/dream pop angles like a pair of underground angels. With no drums or bass to get in the way and lead to overblown arrangements, the gem-like originals, including “Locked Up” and “Mai Joy”, are powerful pop masterpieces. A cover of the Big Star classic “Thirteen” sweetens an already pretty sweet deal––the pair rendering the track as a dark teenage dirge that’s positively affecting. Aside from a not-so-great name it seems like nothing can hold this duo back.


Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as and

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