How’s the view from up there? It’s fine, but nobody asks about what goes on on the inside, what happens In Tall Buildings. If this record is any indication, there’s a lot of pretty indietronica composed over there. Driver is filled with slightly melancholic pop songs that will strike a chord.
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Are you in the mood for some plaintive acoustic pop? I SAID PEOPLE: ARE YOU IN THE MOOD FOR SOME PLAINTIVE ACOUSTIC POP? Well if so then you could do worse than check out this debut album by home recording maestro Eric Hall as In Tall Buildings. He produces neatly polished widescreen pop that on opener ‘Bawl Cry Wail’ sits nicely between Lou Barlow’s more downbeat pop, War on Drugs heartland rock and TV on the Radio’s strangulated garble. On ‘Exiled’ Hall builds up atmospherics slowly and surely, with some haunting guitar motifs that build nicely. It maybe comes across a little like the dreamy atmospherics of Modest Mouse.
I have slight concerns about the vocals (which sit somewhere between Sufjan Stevens and Peter Gabriel, by the way) in that I suspect they are auto-tuned. Please Eric, no. But this is nice stuff. ‘Unmistakable’ is unmistakably (ha!) Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Big Love’ taking a noisy diversion at it's conclusion and what started out as folky pop has taken a polished '80s turn as the album wears on but this is a pleasant, understated record.
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