The Ditty Bops





LA-based duet The Ditty Bops is Amanda Barrett and Abby DeWald, two eccentric, mid-twentysomethings with an eclectic musical upbringing. When one says genre-bending these days, normally you'd think of hip-hop/rock/dance/electronic, but when I say The Ditty Bops defy genre, it's because their influences are pulled from such diverse places as ragtime, early vocal jazz, electric blues, folk, cabaret and other popular music spanning the whole of the 20th century. Their songs are quirky, fun and definitely different than most of the others in your iTunes library. The lyrics are just as intelligent as the musical compositions, with harmonies as tight as lid on Grandma's homemade blueberry jam (that's tight!). The self-titled Mitchell Froom-produced debut album is packed with upbeat, classic-sounding pop gems like "Walk Or Ride", "Wishful Thinking", "Sister Kate" or the acoustic blues offering "Ooh La La". Some more contemporary sounding songs are scattered throughout the album as well. "Gentle Sheep" and "Pale Yellow" are both more typical, acoustic-based female singer songwriter songs while "Short Stacks" incorporates some electronic elements. This album was a truly refreshing break from the flow of alt rock CDs that crosses my desk each week, a sentiment I'd imagine would be shared by many. Fans of Rilo Kiley, Dresden Dolls, and Tegan & Sara will fall instantly in love with The Ditty Bops.

The Ditty Bops
Warner Bros.

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