A sublime release from Flights, a two piece folk outfit from Nashville. These songs were apparently recorded across a Wisonson winter and a very hot Nashville summer though this gentle, pastural folk evokes early Fall or late Spring. The music doesn’t reach for the lush heights of Fleet Foxes but rather attains a quiet understated beauty through gorgeous harmonies, pristine strings and a subtle electronic element. Second track “Taller” is a fine representation of this-a truly beautiful song that effortlessly swells and rises to an electronic groove. The songwriting is superb throughout, as minimal folk recalls Nick Drake(“Mountaintop”) while more spacious songs such as “the River Kings” glow in a late afternoon ambience.
A charming release from new Melbourne band Cool Drinks. Their chosen name is totally apt-this is refreshing, delicious pop music to consume on steamy afternoons. There are only four tracks on this EP though each is quietly infectious in their own way-from the sexy groove of opener “Cold Cold Night” to the feel good mini-anthem “Real People” this is perfectly executed indie pop. Australia’s very own little chunk of Real Estate, perhaps.
Seattle’s Posse recall the best of late 80’s and early 90’s indie rock and roll, displaying a strong Pixies and Sleater Kinney influence. It’s there in the fuzzy guitars, the lead vocal and laconic harmonies on opener “Suzanne”, a killer rock song that could well be the missing track from “Surfer Rosa”. Posse have their own distinct sound going on though-it’s indie rock with sneer and smarts. “Sarah” gets a little nasty in both lyrics (“Oh Sarah I have to ask you; why you open your mouth?”) and a searing guitar solo, while “14 days” is a heart wrencher full of reverb and longing. Posse are at their best however when they’re doing short, fast and loud thing-a feisty rock band with real punch.