The April Skies
"Three Minute Singles" CDR
Genre: indie pop
I don't know much about this Norwegian fourpiece, but their mission
statement is made pretty clear by the name of this self-produced CDR.
The April Skies start this record off with the exactly three
minute long title track, a burst of cheery indie pop straight from the
Wedding Present songbook. "Rise & Rise Again" takes things a
bit more lushly, stationing a jangly C86 guitar part in an uppity,
carefree composition that is sure to squeeze a grin out of you. The
under two minute "Heaven Knows It's Not Too Bad," meanwhile, is a
zippy rocker, while the dreary yet epic "Not Your Baby" is a Brian
Jonestown Massacre-esque demo tagged on for good measure.
Ultimately these songs have a nice feel, harkening back to the early
indie pop and C86 stage of musical development. The songs are catchy,
with enough hooks to satisfy you - though at times I would become a
tad bored by the formula. Good stuff, if mainly in anticipation of the
band's bright future.
MP3s (from theaprilskies.tk):
Rise & Rise Again,
It's Not Too Bad
[Vitals: 4 tracks, distributed by
band, released 2005]