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Catch the Buzz: Princeton


Who? They may have an Ivy-bred name, but Eagle Rock, CA’s Princeton are more concerned with chamber-pop than condescension. Comprised of brothers Jesse and Matt Kivel, plus longtime pal Ben Usen, Princeton combine the Glaswegian gloom of Tigermilk-era Belle and Sebastian with sublime orchestration and Vampire Weekend‘s bouncy, lilting rhythmic structures to formulate a sound that will send listeners off to a regal pop Valhalla. Check out the fluttering woodwinds and galloping melody of “Ms. Bentwich.”

Recommended if you like… Belle and Sebastian, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens.

Their Latest: Princeton’s second EP, Bloomsbury, dropped July 7 on Striking Peasant.

Now Hear This: “Ms. Bentwich”