Playgirls EP. The Fontaines’ new follow-up EP, Playboys, ranges from fuzz-shrouded rockers like the title track to such dreamier interludes as “Bully,” in which Charlotte Fontaine’s delicate vocals drift airily over Hank’s blurry, grandly orchestral strumming. Headliners Romance & Rebellion have a peppier indie-pop approach, although they’re ultimately more earnestly romantic than truly rebellious.
L.A.’s bright pop hopes The Fontaines continue to evolve. The brother-and-sister duo in just a few short years have moved beyond the simple charms of their early recordings into a more versatile and emotionally deeper brand of pop. Guitarist Hank Fontaine provides much of the musical backing as sister Charlotte coos delicate ballads such as “Pitted” and such harder-rocking interludes as “You Want It All,” from the pair’s recent