DTCV (Los Angeles)
Originally known as Détective and named after a Jean-Luc Godard film, DTCV is fronted by James Greer (writer and ex-Guided By Voices member) on guitar and vocals and Guylaine Vivarat, who also sings lead and plays guitar, bass and keys. The trio released two EPs, followed by a full-length cassette release for Burger Records called However Strange and the imminent double album, Hilarious Heaven, recorded with Dead Meadow’s Steve Kille. Look for it online soon or in stores this January on Xemu Records.
YDIIYD: Luna, Stereolab, Pavement, Velvet Underground. (MB)
"The music of the L.A. trio Detective sounds as if it could have come from dusty tapes found in the 4AD archive. (...) “Basket of Masks” trades in coy pop melodies, gritty post-punk guitar riffs and proggy krautrock instrumentals. Their sparse, lo-fi structures don’t sacrifice texture, though; Vivarat and Greer have found the delicate balance between sweet and off-kilter that recall Stereolab and some Morr Music luminaries." -- BUZZBANDS.LA
"Basket of masks is absolutely sublime, and while its not an immediate grabber, oh it grows on ya, if you let it. (...) if you like the likes of Galaxie 500 – or anything Dean Warham related you should love this. (...) definitely of my favorite records of 2012.“ -- CAPTAIN'S DEAD
"“Rhodesian Man” is the lead-off track on Détective‘s second EP, Basket Of Masks, and it’s a great way to kick off a record. Guylaine Vivarat’s sweet, melodious voice carries the song, but there’s definitely help from her bandmates, including ex-Guided By Voices bassist James Greer. “Rhodesian Man,” is a pretty simple pop song that nods toward ’60s girl groups, and it has a simple, vintage video to match." -- MAGNET MAGAZINE
“… A short, sweet and almost perfectly put together dose of listening that embraces a kind of lost meaning of 'indie,' less about neo-campfire singalongs and more about moody raveups and sweet-but-never-cloying contemplations. Soft duets on songs like "Telephonia," matched against a kind of inspiring guitar surge that thankfully doesn't sound like U2 at all but which does sound like a classic Flying Nun number from the 1980s, further seal its appeal.” –- OC WEEKLY