OTD exclusive: Mittens

Mittens wax nostalgic about AM-radio pop, but their sly, self-effacing worldplay, indie-pop bustle, and modest arrangements feel as new as your little sister’s Click 5 addiction. It helps that their pared-down approach stands firmly within a longstanding Boston tradition of jangle and melody that includes Papas Fritas, the Fly Seville, and drummer Nick Buni’s older brother Jim’s band, Buttercup. The trio have just wrapped a new, as-yet-untitled disc that’s due in the spring, but we've got an exclusive preview track, “Leeway,” for right-clickage below. Then check the band on Saturday, February 18, at Great Scott with Furvis, the Plain Janes, and Headset.

DOWNLOAD: Mittens, "Leeway" (mp3)

BONUS: top-secret internal memo circulated last month by irate Phoenix copy-editor . . .

Hey folks: I see Mittens gradually turning into "the Mittens." Let's make up our minds or I'm going to start referring to "THE Death Cab for Cutie," "THE Mission of Burma," "THE Pearl Jam," Morrissey's old band Smiths, and Robert Smith's great band, Cure.

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