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All Music Guide:
London-based indie pop duo the Proper Ornaments formed in 2005 when James Hoare, guitarist for Veronica Falls, met up with Argentinian musician Max Clapps in a women's clothing store. The two bonded over a mutual love of the Velvet Underground, Love, the Left Banke, and the Beach Boys. Their sound also gathered in elements of classic U.K. indie pop with plenty of languidly jangling guitars. After planning and playing when they could due to Hoare's busy schedule, and adding a full band (drummer Ralph Phillips, bassist Michael Lovett and Let's Wrestle's Wesley Patrick Gonzalez), they released their first single, "Recalling," for the San Francisco label Make a Mess in 2010. They followed it up with an eponymous five-song EP for No Pain in Pop in 2011 and in 2013, a single ("Waiting for the Summer") for Lo Recordings, which then released all their output to date on a collection (also titled Waiting for the Summer) later that year. After signing up with Fortuna Pop in the UK and Slumberland in the US, and revamping the line up with the addition of drummer Robert Syme and Daniel Nellis on bass, the group returned with their debut album, Wooden Head, in early summer of 2014.