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The Corner Laughers / Press

“You're not likely to hear a more purely enjoyable pop album than Poppy Seeds this year, or in the next several years to come -- it's a delight and a minor miracle. This is beautifully crafted pop music that overflows with joy and good cheer, but without sounding affected or saccharine, and for all the sweet-as-honey harmonies and Wrecking Crew-worthy instrumental interplay, the music feels honest and organic, and is leavened with a sense of humor that adds to the fun while keeping the music's feet firmly on the ground.”

“Poppy Seeds by San Francisco band The Corner Laughers has all the sunny melodies, bright hooks, and bouncy charm that makes for the perfect warm weather soundtrack. Poppy Seeds is a front to back winner. You’re warned: Get this album now. It’s that good. ”

“Sometimes a band come along that are pretty damn hard not to be smitten by, like looking into the eyes of a tiny kitten you'd have to be made of stone not to feel something. The Corner Laughers are one of those bands, most immediately because of Singer/Ukulele player Karla Kane's sunny twee pop vocal. This is an album choc full of summery, breezy indie pop gems. Prepare to fall in love.”

“With the impossibly winsome vocals of Karla Kane out front, The Corner Laughers‘ pop style is a tasty recipe indeed. Their 2012 release Poppy Seeds continues in their grand tradition. One listen and I defy you to get the melody out of your head. Thing is, if you are (as am I) a fan of intelligent pop, you won’t want to forget the melody; its place in your skull will be a welcome one.”

“Wonderfully bubbly, chipper, and catchy, this album represents sweet sunshiney indie pop at its most delightful and infectious. The merry vocal harmonies project a freshness and positive attitude without every seeming too cloying or cutesy. The bouncy arrangements are robustly filled out by shimmering keyboards, pretty violins and woodwinds, and even some especially tasty ukulele licks. The speedy tempos and happy hoppin’ beats keep things bright, cheery, and energetic throughout. A gloriously giddy and uplifting ray of sheer sonic bliss.”

“Ridiculously melodic helping of psychedelic folk-pop”

“Corner Laughers – Poppy Seeds: a wonderful collection of pop goodness, two parts Beach Boys, one part indie-pop, twelve parts AWESOME! If that doesn’t convince you, then how about this, it’s produced by Allen Clapp, and at least one track features the inimitable Mike Viola!”

“Rarely does such a beautiful pop album arrive, it deserves to make my top ten list this year for sure.”

“This album is so sweet that you could put it on pancakes. Tight harmonies and incredibly well put together pop music.”

“It’s easy-breezy, jingly-jangly smile inducing summery chamber pop.  Karla Kane sings like a favorite old friend meeting up for tea and memories. It reminds me at different times of The Beach Boys, The Bangles, The Monkees, Matthew Sweet, She and Him, and so many more.  But mostly, it just reminds me of sunshine.  The good, mid-spring kind, with a beach near by.”

"Cute twee neo-psychedelic harmony-laden baroque pop"

““The Laughers are a nigh-on-perfect fusion of bubblegum-sweet tunefulness and clever, subtly barbed lyrics. “Thunderbird” is an addictive gem, a history of mankind as seen through the eyes of a mythical beast —- it’s like the CLs scrunched Mel Brooks’s History of the World Part One into a classic-to-be three-minute pop symphony. Karla Kane’s voice has the dulcet quality of the very young Diana Ross and their melodies are the sweetest guilty pleasures since the heyday(s) of the Cowsills, Andy Kim, and the Vogues. For younger readers, if the baroque-ish delights of Sufjan Stevens and B&S are your cup of Earl Grey, Ultraviolet Garden is a disc you dare not miss.””

-- Icon Magazine

““Inspired vocals ... and a series of brilliant ’60s-inspired numbers. Blessed with Camera Obscura’s gift for rainy melancholia.”

Magnet Magazine

““A catchy indie-pop sugar rush frothing with humorous, whip-smart lyrics ... Ukulele-led sunshine folk-pop and girl-group harmonies and handclaps ... Ultraviolet Garden feels like a place that Camera Obscura, They Might Be Giants, and Kirsty McColl might have strolled through at some stage. It’s simply wonderful.””

Alan Brown - PopMatters

““Blending a unique and eclectic pop sensibility with intelligent, offbeat lyrics and a wicked sense of humor... The Corner Laughers write brilliant Pop songs ... enough Pop sensibility to stay on the Pop culture radar, but walk off the beaten path enough to garner counter-culture support as well. In short, The Corner Laughers succeed so well by being adamantly themselves. The music is irresistible; the lyrics intelligent and sometimes funny. Vocalist Karla Kane has the sort of voice that speaks of a late-blooming flower, sultry and sensual but hidden behind a shy intellect that's as prone to misdirection and humor as it is to blunt observation. The vocal harmonies are to die for; and the album, Ultraviolet Garden, is the sort of debut that a band could spend the rest of their career trying to match (much less top).””

-- Wildy’s World

““The Corner Laughers aren't shy about wearing their heart on their record sleeve ... The music is relentlessly upbeat and sunny, jam-packed full of the kind of cuteness that makes it hard not to smile when listening to it ... it's the lyrics where the Corner Laughers shine. They elevate them above so much regular indie pop because their playful use of language is both equally amusing and intelligent.””

Michael Edwards - Exclaim! Canada

““This San Francisco outfit can write some delightfully infectious indie pop that harnesses elements from the best of the girl groups from the 60s and give them new life in the form of contemporary, offbeat pop that features light guitar, ukulele, organ, and the occasional glockenspiel. The vocals have the sweet sincerity of Leigh Nash (Sixpence None The Richer), and are overlayed with clever harmonies with lyrics that are refreshingly cerebral. Think Go-Gos meet XTC. For those searching for something a bit more eclectic, The Corner Laughers also put their stamp on baroque pop, bluegrass and folk. A little off the beaten path, but never straying from a good melody, ‘Ultraviolet Garden’ is a smart and charming delight.””

Bill’s Music Forum

““It’s the sort of indie-pop that can’t help but help you ... creating a sort of vibrating stability in unstable world. In a place people stay together ‘for the sake of the cat,’ it’s nice to have this to bop to.””

Cave 17

““Smart, bubbly pop ... The Corner Laughers' Ultraviolet Garden cuts studs its sugary hooks with quiz bowl vocabulary and surreal imagery. The tunes are airy, breezy and laced with unexpected lyrical twists ... Their second album, produced by the Orange Peels' Allen Clapp, puts a 1960s sheen onto conflicted, ebullient and intricately intelligent girl pop. All these songs are bright, sardonic, and without a trace of self pity, bouncing along on unstoppable beats and irresistible girls-rule harmonies. ””

Blurt Magazine

““Lead singer Karla Kane is incapable of sounding anything but cute, even when she sings about things like space or the end of the world and the music gets a bit adventurous.””

The East Bay Express

““The songs are bright, ebullient and have some of the most hilarious lyrics I’ve heard in quite a while but the band is no joke. The ladies voices blend perfectly and there’s enough 6-string jangle on here to keep any pop lover happy for days.””

Dagger Magazine

““Quite wonderful, really.””

Joel Edelman - Joel's Hit Show

““There's no shortage of hummable melodies, sing-a-long choruses and catchy grooves. Every bit as clever as it is charming.””

The Charleston Gazzette

““The sunny, breezy album moves from winsome pop to shuffling country to glistening shoegaze tunes with deceptive ease and smarts.””

The Voice of Energy

““This album has a grace and ambience that is miles beyond what went before. Stocked with great songs from top to bottom. This is modern pop music played the way it's meant to be.””

Mr. Suave's Mod, Mod World

“The Corner Laughers favor simple, appealing melodies, a clear sound that borders on folk and lyrics evoking a bright college girl who's daydreaming instead of studying for her finals.”

“Girly girl powerpop that's so catchy and infectious that it'll probably give you cavities.”