Self-analysis: Why I like Princeton so much

Jason Diamond

Upon first listen early last summer, and even now, I've been hooked on the four song tribute to Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, and friends found in the appropriately titled Bloomsbury EP, released by the band Princeton. I have made countless friends of good taste listen to it, and have sworn up and down that it should be considered among the finest albums in the cannon of music of lit-pop.

Now, a little over a month away from the release of the bands first full-length album, and first on Kanine Records, Cocoon of Love, I have found myself once again hooked on an album by the Eagle Rock, California group, and wondering, what exactly is it I like about this band so much?

So, I sat down, and gave Cocoon of Love a really good listening, and the following things slowly drifted through my head

  • John Cale's Paris 1919
  • Jonathan Richman
  • The Kinks 1967 to 1969
  • Old paperbacks
  • Drinking tea, not coffee
  • Tigermilk

Alright, so after this meditation, it all makes crystal clear sense. They remind me of all my favorite music; write breezy, whimsical songs; and have the sibling aesthetic like the Kinks – not to mention sounding a bit like the band to boot, making it apparent that for all intents and purposes, Princeton is maybe my favorite band around right now.

Princeton, “Calypso Gold”

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