8/10 Mike Staff review, 02 May 2014
Oh, we have a post-it on this one! "Falsetto-voiced laid back nice-ness a la Radar Bros" says the stockroom elf. I'm listening now and he's right, this is proper silky AOR type business with glacially chiming guitars and breathy falsetto harmonies. Opening track 'Starlight' sounds exactly like a half-speed Real Estate crossed with 10cc, all sunshiney synth drone shimmers and wetly reverbed Marr guitar over the whispery vocals, while 'Valley of Tears' which follows it heads into more of a kind of Sandro Perri direction with some jazzy chord changes and subtle touches of droning fuzz guitar which seems hyper-present in contrast to the foggy lightness of the rest of the sound.
Generally the story here is shuffly, understated pop music with soft and often rather high-pitched male vocals taking the lead over a warm, round bass, clean and twinkly guitars, and subtle cushiony synths. It's a hazy, insubstantial sound with a kind of sun-bleached lightness to its sparse but uplifting aesthetic, allowing the softly wibbling tones to really stretch their legs in all their wavering nuance as they carefully tiptoe their way through their quietly perfect pop constructions.
The whisperiness is reminding me a bit of Matthew E White but with the mumbly beardo's classic soul influences replaced by the Smiths and Tom Petty. This is beautiful stuff, basically, nice understated indie pop laced with soothing AOR pleasantness.
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