Twee [twee]: adjective; a type of simple pop music affectedly dainty or quaint; the original hipster soundtrack.
You may be familiar with some of these songs and bands, but unless you make your own clothes or live in Portland, you probably won’t know them all.
One of the key features of Twee – other than a complete lack of testosterone – is its small label, DIY credo; so very few of these bands are household names. There are two main types of Twee: inexplicably happy and exaggeratedly wistful. Here is a starter playlist of Twee treats in both flavours:
- Cat Walk – Beat Happening (Jamboree)
- My Chinchilla – Cub (Betti Cola)
- Grizzly Bear – All Girl Summer Fun Band (2)
- Modestic – Heavenly (The Decline And Fall Of Heavenly)
- Molly’s Got a Crush on Us – Tullycraft(Disenchanted Hearts Unite)
- Funeral Face – Suburban Kids with Biblical Names (3)
- Bad Things – Boy Crazy (Foreign Words)
- T-shirt Weather – The Lucksmiths (Where Were We)
- Queen of Sandcastles – The Sporting Life (A House Full Of Friends)
- I’m Lost Without You Here – Rocketship (A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness)
- Helen Reddy – Trembling Blue Stars (The Seven Autumn Flowers)
- September’s Not So Far Away – The Field Mice (Costal)
- Pack Your Things and Go – The Softies (Winter Pageant)
- Chelsea Beautiful – Ashley Parks (A House Full Of Friends)
– Compiled by Spike Stockdale, a long, cool, drink of water who enjoys quiet walks on the beach and iambic pentameter. Spike has a tendency to pick fights after his third Mai Tai and is known for his opinions on music, and many other subjects.