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SWEET FRESH DELICIOUS- Cheerleader ‘Do What You Want’


By Michael Yorke, 27/1/2014

My faith in whistled melodies has been restored, thanks to Philadelphia’s up-and-comers,Cheerleader. Otis Redding’s Sitting on the Dock of a Bay whistle solo has finally got some 21st Century competition.

The song Do What You Want is one of three demos Cheerleader have made available this month on Soundcloud, exhibiting a sound that varies from the current anthem-folk phenomenon (aka Of Monsters and Men) to the smoother tones of psychedelic pop acts such as Deep Sea Arcade.

It’s nice to find a sound you can’t quite put your finger on, and these guys are clearly capable of powerful, simple song-writing. I look forward to hearing more from Cheerleader in 2014.

Your challenge: to listen to this song without loving the whistle-hook (that’s what we’re calling it).Move over Otis, the end to your reign over the whistle-game is nigh.


Alistair is the founder of Bear Family. Alistair resides in Sydney and can be found wandering the streets searching for bargains and peppermint tea. Come and say Hi, he's nice.

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