Here Before by The Feelies
It’s amazing how a band that formed in 1976 can still sound so relevant today. Forget ‘indie-dads’ these guys are ‘indie-grandparents’. I’m not completely sure if The Feelies are ‘timeless’ or if they just have adapted really well. Although, I’m leaning towards a conclusion that is closer to the former. I think I feel the same way about them as I do REM. It’s like their sound is timelessly ‘un-hip’, in the best sort of way. They are the sort of band that has never given any sort of mention or nod to what is trendy in the industry during their 4o some years of making music. “Here Before” is for the most part a remarkable combination of meticulously layered guitar, and Glenn Mercer’s trademark soulful buzz of a voice. ‘Grace’ and ‘class’ are two words that come to mind while listening to this one.
Here Before: 4 out of 5
A Part of Something Bigger by The Eclectic Moniker
If tropical electro isn’t what you instinctively think of when you think of Denmark. Then you are in the same boat as me. Especially if you don’t really think of anything outside of windmills when you think of Denmark. Windmills are Denmark right?… Anyways, “A Part of Something Bigger” is a quick little 4 song ep filled with nothing but warm equatorial breezes and drum machines. The lead track “Easter Island” was almost too much for me to handle. With all the steel drums/marimbas it felt like I was listening to a ‘Sandals’ commercial or watching Weekend at Bernie’s 2 or something. You could say that track was a bit tacky. But I’m glad I stuck with it because the rest of this ep was much more tasteful and much less phony. “A Part of Something Bigger” is full of gentle electronic beats accented by hints of umbrella’d drinks and sunburn. It’s all pretty legit, especially the song “2 officers”.
A Part of Something Bigger: 4 out of 5
Blood Pressures by The Kills
The Kills keep chuggin’ on with another collection of gritty ‘indie biker chick’ rock songs. I imagine they do pretty well with the ‘Roller Derby’ demographic. “Blood Pressures” is an album that definitely rocks. No doubt about that. It’s just also an album that sits kind of heavy with me. Not in the sense that it dealt with a lot of sad or downtrodden subject matter, but all that ‘tough girl’ (or guy) vibe just starts sit with me the same way that eating too much fried food sits in my stomach. It’s just something I personally can only take in limited quantities. That shouldn’t stop you from giving it a listen if you so desire, and mean mugging anyone in your path.
Blood Pressures: 3 out of 5