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  • Years Active

    2004 – present (15 years)

  • Founded In

    Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Letting Up Despite Great Faults is the indie electro-based sonic diary of founding member Mike Lee. Their 2009 self-titled debut LP was an exploration of indiepop melodies, electro beats, and shoegaze guitars. The lead single "In Steps" instantly caught the attention of everyone from Pitchfork to Rolling Stone. With rave reviews and countless blog support, 2011 saw the release of Paper Crush, an EP full of washed synths, hazy guitars, and heartfelt pop that NPR called "both nostalgic and caught in a moment that feels never-ending." Since then, they've continued to refine and expand their sound in their 2nd LP, Untogether, an album that radiates infectious melodies, heartbreaking sentiments, and danceable dreampop. They have been compared to similar artists such as New Order, The Postal Service, M83, and The Radio Dept.

“blissful, shimmery…”
-Rolling Stone

“both nostalgic and caught in a moment that feels never-ending”

"an unexpected pleasure"

“music that's light as a feather and ephemeral as a dream.”
-Interview Mag

“if there was ever a band to spearhead the recent renaissance of dream-pop fever then this is the act to get invested in”
-Aquarium Drunkard

“enough upbeat pep in its step to make the dog days of summer a little cooler”
-I Guess I'm Floating

"captures the essence of teen dreams"
-USA Today

"Fall for the band’s dreamy electronica sound"
-MAGNET Magazine

"Eclectic, heartbreaking and full of shoegaze glory, the Los Angeles, Calif. band's latest is their best yet"

"Friday afternoon surprise"

“songs as sweet as blood orange flavored lollipops and as hazy as the golden hour sun on the Santa Monica pier”

“Within the folds of atmospheric pop laced with shivery electronica “
-My Old Kentucky Blog

"this is a band that should no longer go ignored."
-Consequence of Sound

“perfect dream-pop “

“only get better with each record”
-The Owl Mag

“a smooth ride of sun, sea and sweeping sands”
-The 405

“a rather fantastic EP”
-Death + Taxes

“they’ll be going places soon enough”
-North American Scum

“Jesus what a great song”
-Life After Nirvana

“ beautiful, lifting fusion of gentle vocals and soaring synth-based instrumentals”
-Kata Rokkar

"It's amazing how effortless the band is able to sound while packing in all these feel good sounds."
-We All Want Someone To Shout For

"what to do when the heat has got you down? Distract yourself with a summertime playlist, duh. And we have the perfect addition- Letting Up Despite Great Faults."
-The Music Slut

“This is the kind of summery music that invented the term ‘summery music’”

“I gotta tell you straight away it's one damn good song.”
-Against The Odds

“Get ready folks, as this is something really special.”
-Austin Town Hall

“like the Jesus & Mary Chain smothered in honey”
-The Devil Has The Best Tuna

“filled with delicious indie-pop gems”
-Some Velvet Blog

“splendid works of magic”
-Burning World


“amazing, shoe-gazing indie-pop”

“Soft indie pop vocals with big electro sounds and thick guitars make for a perfect storm with these guys”
-Each Note Secure

“transcend influences and deliver something that is both unique and arresting.”
-The Ash Gray Proclamation

“If they’d occurred a decade ago they would have run alongside Lush, the Pale Saints and the Drop Nineteens and would very definitely have been signed to 4AD”
-Magnetic Magazine

"feel-good melancholy"


"fuzzed-out guitars, blippy synths, and the free-floating vocals"
-Tea Party Boston: Interview 3/13/10

-Pop Tarts Suck Toasted

"The instrumentation was consistently top notch"
-Music Induced Euphoria: Noise Pop Concert Review 2/27/10

“I can’t get enough of it”
-Off The Radar

“Charmingly brilliant stuff”
-The Pop! Stereo

“sweet, hazy, noisy greatness”

"magical songs that make you fall instantly in love"
-The Indie Music Database: Video of the Week 5/10/10

"they’re going to blow up very soon."
-The Tape

"beautiful euphoric tones"
-Einstein Music Journal

"a perfect marriage of M83 and Slowdive"
-QRO Magazine

"4 stars"

"good-for-your-health audio"
-Ohh! Crapp

“evokes sunshine induced feelings while still sounding like a rainy day”

"Bashfully bittersweet shoegaze"
-Earworm, Much Music

"so good"

"we already love these up-and-comers"
-Sheena Beaston

"one to watch"
-Scottish Friction

"beautifully somber soundscapes with a clear pop aesthetic"
-The Sky Report

“acts as the perfect accompaniment to a lazy afternoon lying in the sun and helps to make long hot summer days that much more enjoyable & relaxing”
-Eclectically Challenged

“electronic pop masterminds”
-Knox Road

“pop-y, dreamy vocals”
-The Fox Is Black

“One of the most underrated pop bands in the United States”
-Twentyseven Views

“ gives us is a song that’s much more enjoyable than perhaps our teenage years ever were.”
-In Your Speakers

“songs that i’m not afraid to call ‘perfect’”
-Me, And All My Friends

"simply gorgeous"

"the perfect slouchy cableknit for breezy days and changing seasons."
-Luxury Wafers

"enchanted melodies that make you feel all sorts of warm and wonderful."
-No Conclusion

"loving every single minute of it"

"the perfect soundtrack for a teenage romance."
-In This Week

"The perfect soundtrack for snow gazing out a train window."
-5 Acts

"dreamy LA-based band"

"the band’s fuzzy hazy sense of pop is quite filling"
-TwentySeven Views

"the video of Our Younger Noise has ‘Hello Summer’ written all over on it"
-AudioPorn Central

"all kinds of shimmery ambient crescendos crashing like the waves in the Pacific. "

"will whisk you off to somewhere far from here"

"wash of shoegaze dream pop"
-Impressionable Youth

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