Friday, April 15, 2011

What Is "Twee"?

Twee is a word we, as well as others, have used to describe our sound. But what does it mean exactly?
Urban Dictionary says:

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July 26, 2007 Urban Word of the Day
Something that is sweet, almost to the point of being sickeningly so. As a derogatory descriptive, it means something that is affectedly dainty or quaint, or is way too sentimental.

In American English it often refers to a type of simple sweet pop music, but in British English it is used much more widely for things that are nauseatingly cute or precious. It comes from the way the word sweet sounds when said in baby talk.
Belle and Sebastian are the Beatles of twee.
If you really care to know about the history of twee, Pitchfork has this great article. 

Some other bands that have been described as twee include: The Pastels, Tiger Trap, Belle and Sebastian, and Camera Obscura

K Records is a good label to look into for even more twee style bands. 
Fun Fact: K Records was founded by Calvin Johnson, frontman of Beat Happening, which is considered another leading twee band! 


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