Princeton – “Florida” (Stereogum Premiere)

Princeton - "Florida"

Princeton – “Florida” (Stereogum Premiere)

Princeton - "Florida"

With the GOP’s impending Florida primary dominating national discourse this week, California outfit Princeton come through with a finely cut indie-pop nugget well timed to ride some sweet politico SEO coattails. The title is pure synchronous coincidence, though; this is not a electorally inclined song, and Mitt and Newt get no shine here. The song itself is bright, and rippling with warm keyboards that lap over a spare and buoyant bassline, and these are sounds that evoke the song’s namesake even as its lyrics are all about getting far away from its air and its leaves. And Princeton’s vocals have all the sonorous melodic charm of Jens Lekman if his existentialism was filtered through an obsession with American geography and communiques from his agent: we hear about Miami Beach, pools, the FL Keys, Brooklyn and its parks, hotel residences, and bike rides contemplating “the meaningless of things.” There’s a lot of ground covered here, and a lot of specific scenes and geographic locales implicated, though these things shouldn’t be surprises for people following Princeton, a band named after the street in Santa Monica where its members/brothers Matt and Jesse (also of Kisses) grew up, who have a song called “To The Alps” already, and a great one called “Florida” now. Download it:

Princeton – “Florida”

And here’s a remix by Cosmic Kids:
Princeton – “Florida (Cosmic Kids Remix)”

Princeton’s got some tour dates in specific geographic locales also:

02/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
02/27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
02/28 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
03/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
03/02 – Avon, CO ( Snowball Music Festival)

This is what the back of their heads look like:


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