While standing in the crowd waiting for Lights to take the stage a couple weeks ago, my ears were treated to the music playing over the speakers in between sets which included some Elbow, Tame Impala, and Tears For Fears, but an unbeknown to me cheery, male/female indie duet really caught my ear and mind and I furiously Shazamed before the song ended to secure what it was and who it was by, "Stay" by Royal Teeth. I looked them up when I got home and was delighted to discover they had a free three-song sampler of last year's album Glow on their Bandcamp profile and even though it didn't contain "Stay", I was just as happy to get a better hold of the band in other songs that were new to me.
"Wild", which you might recognize from the band's television appearances performing the song on Last Call with Carson Daly and American Idol and its usage in a Samsung Galaxy S5 ad sweeps you off your feet with its breezy, flirty spark that'll get you screaming along in no time flat before moving onto "Hold Me", where the masterful trade-offs between Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson transmit all the peaks of the early stages of love over a indie-flavored backing that draws resemblance to Taylor Swift's "Stay Stay Stay" in my mind while still possessing an identity completely its own. Patterson takes the center stage alone for "We Can Glow", bringing the sampler to a memorable close with piano-infused indie pop that provides an essential reminder: that we don't have to wait for our lives to come together perfectly to shine, and that by embracing where we are at the current time of our lives we bring ourselves that much closer to eventually reaching our personal goals! ("Oh we don’t have to wait forever, we can glow – like a wildfire / Want to feel the danger, running through our veins / Oh we don’t have to wait forever, we can glow – like a wildfire") If reading any of this has interested you in Royal Teeth, go to their Bandcamp to get your free download of the Glow sampler and by all means purchase the rest of their music if you like what you hear here!