Talk Loud is the third album by Kansas' harmony-laden indie band Shy Boys. It sees them experimenting with different instruments and regaling us with charming, albeit, dark lyrics. The sound may be a little different, but the personality and sparkling harmonies are all there in spades.
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I don’t know about you but something about the name Shy Boys brings out the bully in me. And that bully wants to push these Shy Boys into puddles and give them wedgies. The music on ‘Talk Loud’ does little to dispel these urges but there’s no denying, it’s very nice.
Shy Boys make music that sounds like the later Beach Boys albums if Brian Wilson hadn’t had such a horrible time being famous. The band have lovely voices and sing lovely harmonies, layering voice on top of voice in the way that The Beach Boys perfected way back when. But like albums like ‘The Beach Boys Love You’ this is more of a synth and keys affair. ‘In Gloves’ uses a pounded plinky keyboard to drive towards its chorus, while ‘Fraid I Might Die’ uses vaporwave-synths to provide a bed for some truly manic Beach Boys-like vocals.
The instrumentals are almost as playful as the vocals (though they would struggle to be). Listening to this so soon after the release of a Future Islands album really casts the Baltimore band in a poor light. Using pretty much the same ingredients (synths, bass, drums, eccentric vocals), Shy Boys manage to stretch themselves more in 11 tracks than Future Islands have in years.
Have I mentioned they sound like The Beach Boys? It’s only that, sounding like The Beach Boys is really, really hard, and I think Shy Boys really do deserve credit for pulling it off. Still wanna give them a wedgie tho.
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