Princeton is an indie pop/rock band from Los Angeles that formed in 2005 while brothers Jesse and Matt Kivel, as well as childhood friend Ben Usen were studying abroad in London. While in the UK, the three musicians faced high expenses having their instruments shipped from California and were forced to adapt to playing shows with the minimal amount of equipment necessary. Princeton streamlined its sound and managed to record its album A Case of the Emperor's Clothes, which the band self-released 2006. Upon graduating college in 2007, the band moved back to Los Angeles and added drummer David Kitz to complete its lineup. The four-piece band released its Bloomsbury EP, a conceptual release about the Bloomsbury Group of British intellectuals from the 20th century, in 2008. The album, inspired by the original member's time in London, received critical acclaim and recognition from bands such as Vampire Weekend, Phoenix and Ra Ra Riot. The band's official debut album Cocoon of Love, was released in 2009.