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On the lead track from Total Babe‘s upcoming debut EP, Heatwave, vocalist Clara Salyer coos, “Right now I feel more than just a kid.” It is an understandable notion coming from a sixteen year old whose young age is belied by the deep well of talent she commands. When So TM releases their EP on October 6th, the world is going to be treated to a charming band brimming with talent and immeasurable promise.
Heatwave traffics in the sort of nostalgic indie-pop perfected by foreign acts like Niza and La Buena Vida, rooted in 1960s harmonies and just the right amount of twee adorability. Salyer and her two high school-aged bandmates (guitarist Jordan Gatesmith and violinist Lizzie Carolan) have produced a set of tunes whose catchy hooks and fleshed out ideas stand on their own, the age of their performers notwithstanding.
“Bear Bones” is a terrific example of Total Babe’s whimsical, addictive sound. Salyer’s vocals shine confidently over a bed of acoustic guitars, purring synths, perky keyboards, and Carolan’s elegant strings. Structurally, the song is bookended by two slower passages which serve as both a pleasant introduction and a mellow denoument, while the middle section is high-spirited and fluid. While the elements at work are simple, the entirety of “Bear Bones” is blessed with a gracefulness most bands will never come close to developing. With so much time ahead of them, the track is also a promise of future brilliance; however, there is no more opportune moment for becoming a fan of Total Babe than the present.