Right after The Blow's Poor Aim: Love Songs came out, single "Hey Boy" exploded like a huge, sticky pink gum bubble all over indie pops blase face, and frontwoman Khaela Maricich (who was performing that night supported by a laptop instead of YACHT beatmaster and former bandmate Jona Bechtolt) looked downright bewildered at the sudden glut of adoration. Well, the same thing just might happen to the Nextdoor Neighbors, a two-woman electropop band from Olympia who finished second in this year's EMP Sound Off! Competition. The band just put out their first album on Bicycle Records, Magic Vs. the Machine, a lovely collection of lo-fi songs that mesh electronicist Kathy Cotes robotic bleeps and bloops and lyricist Jessie Hill's sweet, plaintive vocals about the painful transition from adolescent to adult. For all those who wander between those two worlds without a destination, Hill's lyrics are a comforting affirmation. "Hey I can lack direction," she sings, "gravity'll hold me down."
Fri., Dec. 12, 9:30 p.m., 2008