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Hands Clap, Then Wave in the Air

The Little Ones' debut EP recalls Built to Spill in more ways than one: It occasionally brings to mind the Idaho rock band's odd sound, but it also spawns a similar sense of excitement and discovery. An L.A. group featuring former members of Sunday's Best, The Little Ones recently released Sing Song, a charismatic EP full of bright, sugary indie-pop.

Meshing head-bobbing rhythms with powerful pop melodies akin to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah or Talking Heads, "Lovers Who Uncover" sounds like a song from an early Built to Spill or Shins record. A passionate pop song that's catchy enough to burrow itself deep into listeners' brains, it skillfully combines handclaps with fists-in-the-air chanting.

Singer Edward Nolan Reyes holds on to notes and syllables to the bitter end of his range while guitars, drums and tambourines burst all around him. If there's ever a textbook on writing foot-tapping, hand-clapping pop songs, these guys should write the introduction.

Listen to yesterday's 'Song of the Day.'

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John Richards
John Richards is the host and producer of The Morning Show with John on 90.3 FM KEXP Seattle, and online at kexp.org. He is also KEXP's assistant program director.