Like the Vivian Girls? You should give La Sera a listen.
La Sera is a new band that features Katy Goodman, the Vivian Girls' bass playing vocalist. The group started forming back in February of 2010 and also features Jenn Prince (guitar, vocals) and Jonathan Weinberg (drums, vocals, keys).
In numerous interviews Goodman has said that her inspiration sprung from an attraction to early pop hits from the 1950's and you can hear it in songs like "Never Come Around" (in addition to a 60s flair). It's very Vivian girls (go figure - it is a side project after all) but wth a much less aggressive sound.
La Sera - "Never Come Around"
I just simply love the layering of tambourine, guitar, and ethereal vocals. Another track that I'm loving is "Hold" - it's slightly morbid, but it's a song about hugging each other to death (which doesn't seem like an awful way to go...).
You can expect a full length, self-titled album from La Sera on February 15, 2011 from Hardly Art.
La Sera's La Sera Tracklisting:
01 Beating Heart
02 Never Come Around
03 You’re Going To Cry
05 I Promise You
06 Left This World
08 Under The Trees
09 Devils Hearts Grow Gold
10 Dove Into Love
11 Been Here Before
12 Lift Off