steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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"Teaser for: matter" CD

Unique Records

Genres: indie pop, indie rock

Aug 8 - 14 2005

One listen to the noir-esque, Chris Cacavas/Lloyd Cole-influenced "No More Guitars" and I was hooked. Angil composes moody, dreary pop music heavy on melody and class. This is strong music with an orchestral flare; in addition to guitar, drums, bass, and vocals, the sounds is filled out with strings, winds, brass, and very moody keyboards. I hear a bit of It's A Wonderful Life-era Sparklehorse, but this is much more calm and laidback. "A long way to be happy, Darlene said" is strong, guitar-led pop with a dark yet uplifting chorus - it's one of Angil's strongest compositions, in addition to the mesmerizing, epic "Dolaytrim." The keyboard-led cover of The Breeders' "Invisible Man" is also really well done. At times the disc can wander a bit, a few of the songs lacking strong hooks or variety; fortunately, nothing is too bad, and the vast majority of the album is worth your undivided attention. This is good music that's entertaining right off the bat - perfect for a twilight dinner at home alone. Teaser For: Matter could have been a contender for last year's best-of-2004 list if I had gotten to it earlier.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]