Nick D’ and the Believers (Columbus, Ohio)
Columbus, Ohio’s Nick D’Andrea writes hooky, chill Indie Pop songs that float on sparse arrangements played by guitar, drums and keys, then lightly salted occasionally with some subtle electronics. The result is lush, ear-grabbing and consistently mesmerizing, with the added space the band allows in their mix becoming something of a magnet. It would mean nothing if the songwriting was weak, but Nick D’ and the Believers, who also produce very high-quality music videos for each track they release, create hyper-catchy music — they just don’t bash you over the head with it.
YDIIYD: MGMT, Spoon, Foster the People. (MB)