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On Confetti at the Bottom, Chicago postpunk duo Tinkerbelles make big, catchy songs without even seeming to try

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Adam Mohundro and Christian Dawson launched Tinkerbelles in 2013 following the breakup of their previous group, Gypsyblood, which specialized in nervy indie rock that could fill up your chest like a hot-air balloon. Tinkerbelles’ ambition is similar, and they achieve it with the bare necessities—Mohundro plays bass, Dawson sits behind the kit, both sing, and they string together gigantic, catchy songs with what feels like minimal effort. On their debut full-length, Confetti at the Bottom (released by local collective Teepeespeek), Tinkerbelles use copious reverb to create space in their compact melodies, allowing songs to land with tectonic force while hewing to simple, succinct templates. They carve out a place where grunge, doo-wop, power pop, and postpunk can commingle, blending those sounds so easily that it’s a wonder more people aren’t trying it. The jangle-bop of “To Jack and June (On Your Wedding Day)” surges forward with youthful glee, while “Cannibal Tokyo Rainbow” strips away shoegaze’s wall of sound without destroying its larger-than-life power, revealing a sugary-sweet melodic core.   v

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