Similar artists

Albums

$12.99

Alternative & Indie - Released August 28, 2012 | Carpark Records

In Limbo, the title of TEEN's Carpark debut, reveals that the band is nothing if not self-aware. Fronted by former Here We Go Magic member Teeny Lieberson, the group has sonic ties to many of its other female-driven contemporaries; while shades of the Vivian Girls' girl group-fueled noise pop, the tribal electronics of Telepathe, and Warpaint's psychedelic vistas can be heard on this set of songs, TEEN have an in-betweenness that ends up making them unique. Similarly, over the course of In Limbo, the band is often caught between making the perfect pop song and reaching for expansive bliss. The album's first half shows they have the pop side nailed: "Better" kicks things off with Lieberson's jubilant insistence that she'll "do it better than anybody else," and her slightly rough alto and unabashed confidence -- something in short supply among 2010s indie rockers of either gender -- are fresh and rousing. On "Come Back"'s slightly kitschy exotica-pop, she sings "Look at me, I'm a prize," while sitting on her doorstep waiting for her lover's return, and this mix of boldness and vulnerability echoes artists like Liz Phair, Karen O, and Chrissie Hynde in spirit if not in sound. Meanwhile, "Electric"'s frosty dance-punk pays homage to foremothers like the Mo-dettes and Romeo Void. In Limbo boasts a fuller, more varied sound than TEEN's homemade, self-released debut, Little Doods, and the group enlisted Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom to flesh things out. His support and influence becomes felt more and more as the album unfolds, especially on "Charlie," a girl group slow dance number shot into the stars, and on the ultra-psychedelic "Why Why Why," a piece of cosmic sprawl that also recalls Kendra Smith's projects in the early and mid-'80s. By the end of In Limbo, Lieberson and crew have sacrificed some of their distinctive spunk for "Roses & Wine" and "Fire"'s transcendent grooves and harmonies, which are undeniably lovely but perhaps less intriguing than what came before them. At the very least, In Limbo shows that the band can do a lot of things well, and while this set of songs isn't exactly scattered, TEEN's ambitions lead them to be less cohesive than they might have been had they picked one direction and stuck with it. Still, having too many enticing options on where to go next isn't a problem troubling too many bands, and hearing TEEN caught in the middle of them is one of In Limbo's many pleasures. ~ Heather Phares
$12.99

Alternative & Indie - Released March 1, 2019 | Carpark Records

With each album, TEEN have pruned and honed their music to get rid of anything that might stand in the way of their ambitious sounds and emotive words. The trimming culminates on Good Fruit, which brings Teeny, Lizzie, and Katherine Lieberson's songs into brilliant, moving focus. On their fourth album, the mix of synth pop and R&B that emerged on The Way and Color and blossomed on Love Yes now sounds ripe, particularly on "Shadow" and "Popular Taste," which strikes the right balance between sleek and cheeky with its ping-ponging keyboards and choppy samples and upholds the band's tradition of killer opening tracks. This is TEEN's first album with only the Lieberson sisters in the lineup -- longtime member Boshra AlSaadi departed during the making of Good Fruit to concentrate on her own music -- and the band's kinship extends to how united and organic these songs are. The Liebersons find ways to create and move on in the face of painful and sometimes necessary losses ranging from breakups to the loss of family members: "Only Water" celebrates the enduring connection they have to their father, whom they lost to lymphoma in 2011, with surging, hopeful synths and harmonies. When they explore what comes after Love Yes' happily ever afters, the results are just as honest and complex. On "Runner," Teeny sounds ecstatic about leaving behind a lover who wants more, manages to be sensual and questioning at the same time on "Connection," and realizes a relationship is truly over on the raw finale, "Pretend": "Somehow you find a way to disappoint me/I think it's time to let go finally." And while the feminist side of TEEN's music has always been prominent, it's never been more relevant than at the time of Good Fruit's release in 2019. The way Lizzie's "Radar" delicately captures the lingering poison of long-ago assault makes it all the more unsettling -- and all the more fitting for the #MeToo era. Conversely, on "Putney," the Liebersons' deceptively sweet harmonies add an extra sting as they skewer unrealistic male fantasies. While TEEN have covered all of this ground before, this is some of their most cohesive and satisfying music. As its title implies, Good Fruit is the result of thriving after hardship, and its sense of accomplishment is especially sweet. ~ Heather Phares
$1.49

Alternative & Indie - Released June 25, 2019 | Carpark Records

$11.49

Alternative & Indie - Released April 22, 2014 | Carpark Records

TEEN experimented with so many different sounds on their previous album that it seemed unlikely they'd ever settle on just one style. However, on The Way and Color, they've done just that -- and it was one of the few they didn't touch on In Limbo. Inspired by D'Angelo and Erykah Badu and joined by new bassist Boshra AlSaadi, the Lieberson sisters put their own stamp on R&B, and the results are just as ambitious and even more exciting. On the surface, the main thing The Way and Color shares with its predecessor is a knockout opener: "Better" kicked off In Limbo with an intoxicating shot of confidence that set the stage for the rest of the album's explorations. Here, "Rose 4 U" adds majesty and mystery to that boldness, blooming from a driving, funky intro into a grand gesture of romance and longing. TEEN follows it with songs that dazzle in the way they channel the ambition and psychedelic leanings of their debut into a womanly sound reminiscent of HAIM, Joan as Police Woman, and Luscious Jackson, but are uniquely theirs. "Tied Up Tied Down" shows off the Liebersons' gorgeous harmonies over a relentless rhythm and ping-ponging electronics, while "Breathe Low & Deep," with its spacy swirl of brass, flutes, and synths, is just as transporting as the more traditionally trippy fare of In Limbo. Unlike many of the other indie acts adopting R&B, they go beyond the spare beats and synths palette often associated with the genre. Even when it feels like they might be getting too close to pastiche, TEEN find ways to keep things interesting and weave their fondness for lavish instrumentation even more intrinsically into their songs: "Sticky"'s sublimely lush coda is a fantastic contrast to the stripped-down sounds before it, while the way "Not for Long"' drifts out on brass fanfares and pulsing brass splits the song wide open. The Way and Color also proves TEEN are more truly sensual than many of their like-minded contemporaries. There's an earthiness to these songs that gives them a satisfying weight and impact, from the breathy, flirty "Toi Toi Toi" to the more demanding, complex "More Than I Ask For," where Teeny Lieberson muses, "It's not a matter of turning love into lust/But if we must/Then we'll be left with dust." Compared to their chameleonic Carpark debut, The Way and Color sometimes almost feels too consistent, but hearing TEEN's fondness for reinvention focused into songs this good is even more rewarding. ~ Heather Phares
$1.49

Alternative & Indie - Released November 29, 2018 | Carpark Records

Alternative & Indie - Released January 24, 2019 | Carpark Records

Download not available
$1.49

Alternative & Indie - Released February 21, 2019 | Carpark Records

$4.99

Alternative & Indie - Released May 28, 2013 | Carpark Records

$1.49

Alternative & Indie - Released October 8, 2013 | Carpark Records

$12.99

Alternative & Indie - Released February 12, 2016 | Carpark Records

The Way and Color was a promising album, in both senses of the word: it built on In Limbo's potential with heady songs about the first blush of love and lust. On Love Yes, TEEN deliver on those promises in unexpected ways, exploring the real-life consequences of romantic fantasies. Though the band's experimental mix of R&B, synth pop, and indie rock sounds almost as alluring as it did on The Way and Color, Love Yes' subject matter is often anything but. "Tokyo" begins the album with a portrait of a bored husband in search of "younger skin"; from there, TEEN sink their teeth into all kinds of difficult choices and situations, from the guilt-laden '80s slow jam "Another Man's Woman" to "Example"'s frosty hypocrisy to the overpowering longing and jealousy of "Gone for Good." These complex emotions are a perfect match for TEEN's fondness for complex arrangements, making for one-of-a-kind songs like "Animal," which sounds equally feral and self-aware in its mix of noisy keyboards and sweet vocals. As on The Way and Color, Love Yes' uptempo songs are the most immediately winning. The brash, jabbing "All About Us" tells off a passive-aggressive "nice" guy with electrifying results, while "Free Time"'s teasing hooks and brassy, psychedelic coda balance TEEN's pop and experimental leanings perfectly. Occasionally, the band's ambitious musicianship overwhelms these songs, but Love Yes proves itself a worthy sequel to The Way and Color. Equally sensual and challenging, it's the work of a band capable of commitment as well as grand gestures. ~ Heather Phares

Electronic/Dance - Released April 26, 2016 | Carpark Records

Download not available
The Way and Color was a promising album, in both senses of the word: it built on In Limbo's potential with heady songs about the first blush of love and lust. On Love Yes, TEEN deliver on those promises in unexpected ways, exploring the real-life consequences of romantic fantasies. Though the band's experimental mix of R&B, synth pop, and indie rock sounds almost as alluring as it did on The Way and Color, Love Yes' subject matter is often anything but. "Tokyo" begins the album with a portrait of a bored husband in search of "younger skin"; from there, TEEN sink their teeth into all kinds of difficult choices and situations, from the guilt-laden '80s slow jam "Another Man's Woman" to "Example"'s frosty hypocrisy to the overpowering longing and jealousy of "Gone for Good." These complex emotions are a perfect match for TEEN's fondness for complex arrangements, making for one-of-a-kind songs like "Animal," which sounds equally feral and self-aware in its mix of noisy keyboards and sweet vocals. As on The Way and Color, Love Yes' uptempo songs are the most immediately winning. The brash, jabbing "All About Us" tells off a passive-aggressive "nice" guy with electrifying results, while "Free Time"'s teasing hooks and brassy, psychedelic coda balance TEEN's pop and experimental leanings perfectly. Occasionally, the band's ambitious musicianship overwhelms these songs, but Love Yes proves itself a worthy sequel to The Way and Color. Equally sensual and challenging, it's the work of a band capable of commitment as well as grand gestures. ~ Heather Phares
$12.99

Alternative & Indie - Released June 19, 2015 | Carpark Records

TEEN's debut, Little Doods, is a lo-fi home recording made and released by Teeny Lieberson in 2011 under the TEEN moniker before an official lineup was established for the band. After settling in as an all-female combo and signing with Carpark Records, the tracks "Better," "Huh," and "Why Why Why" were reworked for 2012's In Limbo. Other tracks include the slow-strolling, organ-backed "Just Another" and the trippy "Sleep Is Noise." Little Doods got a label release by Carpark in the summer of 2015 that included a bonus demo of "Come Back." ~ Marcy Donelson

Alternative & Indie - Released July 6, 2012 | Carpark Records

Download not available