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once in a while you come across a band or an artist that just exudes OPTIMISM and a POSITIVE OUTLOOK on life, and not in a pretend, contrived way that is ultimately alienating to the listener. such is the case with NEW ZEALND INDIE POP band THE BETHS who come off with a cheery disposition that seems rooted in experience, not some fantasy of an idealized fantasy existence (as is the case with say, THE BEACH BOYS), or a sense of wink-wink irony (as is the case with BEST COAST).
musically their sound is infectious with catchy melodic hooks that are made effective by knowingly short, snappy song structures. it doesnt hurt that singer ELIZABETH STOKES also has one of the most enchantiny voices ive come across in a while.
THE BETHS are just a solid INDIE ROCK band that are well worth checking out.