March 10, 2016

LP: The Prettiots - Funs Cool

The Prettiots' Funs Cool reads like a guidebook to your twenties.

"Baby please don't go, baby won't you stay/ it's so hard to move on this February day/Just look outside, it's so damn cold and so damn gray/ There's just one thing I know, one thing left to say/ Let's move to LA" –– As I hear these word coming out in my headphones, I feel as if someone must have been reading my mind lately. That someone is Kay Kasparhauser, The Prettiots' vocalist, and what I'm listening to is their debut LP, Funs Cool. A writer at the Guardian defined the New York band's new record as "Lena Dunham with a ukulele". It may be true that members Kay and Lulu Landolfi might be "the voice of their generation—or at least a voice of a generation," as the most quoted Hannah Horvath line goes. But if the Prettiots were to be any TV show, it's not "Girls" that comes to mind while listening to their album, but rather "Broad City" — there's more laughs than drama, and Lulu and Kay will be the first to poke fun at their own past mistakes (see "Boys That I Dated in High School" and "10/10 Would Chill Again" for reference).

It would be easy to write the duo off as "twee" or "cutesy" given that they play ukulele on their super melodic indie-pop songs. But that would be selling The Prettiots way too short. Their vision might be less disenchanted than someone like Courtney Barnett's, but they share with the Australian songstress an interest in creating short (presumably) non-fiction stories about the weirdness of life, especially in your twenties. They mix catchy choruses with anti-folk, surf rock, and a hint of a grungy, dark humor to complete the millennial girls' guidebook that's Funs Cool. There's awkward anecdotes about the rejects we dated as teenagers (and still continue to date), the aforementioned desire to move to L.A. (because no one gets dumped there), and rating your depression on a scale from "One to Plath". Being a lady in this day and age can get a little too real, but The Prettiots are here to make us laugh along with the pain.


Listen to The Prettiots on their website.

Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy, though she pretends otherwise. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to music. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and a regular contributor for The Rumpus, Loud and Quiet, pressPLAY and the Quietus. She watches too much tv and compulsively tweets @gcmorvern.