Indie Pop (Stratford, Conn.)
It’s hard to believe that Indie Pop duo Mates of State have been around for 14 years now, mostly because their buoyant, supersonically catchy music still sounds as fresh as ever. The married couple’s fountain-of-youth Pop has charmed audiences across the globe, through albums and EPs on respected indie labels Barsuk and Polyvinyl (plus a covers full-length on their own imprint) and their buzzing live shows, which feature singer Kori Gardner and her array of keyboards, with Jason Hammel holding down the beat and also providing vocals. The band was born in Kansas and the twosome (and two kids) have lived on the West Coast and East Coast (currently they’re in Connecticut, about 50 miles north of NYC); that nomadic lifestyle was also reflected in the recording process of the duo’s new album, Mountaintops (from Barsuk), which was recorded in multiple studios over a two-year period.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Rich Pop music with squiggly synths, groovy beats and smile-inducing melodies. (Mike Breen, CityBeat)
~ "Mates of State's Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel can do melancholy, and they're experts at infusing their songs with a sense of loving comfort that feels hard-won. But the emotion they convey most effectively, and most often, is a kind of encouraging, even overwhelming cheer." (NPR)