The Bad Bad Hats' lead singer Kerry Alexander has voice like cotton candy: light and airy, imperfectly shaped, and filled with sweet pockets of sugar. The only thing more whimsical than her voice is her songwriting, which bounces cheerfully through songs about broken hearts and loneliness as a child would play a game of hopscotch. The Bad Bad Hats have recently released their second EP called It Hurts, a five-song package that is reminiscent of bittersweet youthful summer times spent being in and out of love. It's a little sunshine pop, up-tempo enough to have you moving your head along, but Alexander's lyrics are clever enough to stop short of having a listener wrapped up in rainbows. On "Super America," Alexander sings sweetly: "I want a sweet tea/and a heart that won't break if you leave me/or pretend I'm not there/I wish you'd let me lose you/I wish you'd cut your hair." With We Are the Willows, Jonathan Sunde.
Sat., June 22, 2013