"Also Rising" CD
Genres: indie pop, shoegazer, indie rock
PO Box 541165
Flushing NY 11354
Apr 28 - May 5 2003
accessible, poppy music with elements of shoegazer and electronic pop
is the name of the game in the case of Blue2Noise, whose Shapes
And Lines album, the first under their new name (before it was simply Blue),
came out in late 2002. Fans of Yo La Tengo and similar
indie pop acts may find a lot they can relate to in Blue2Noise's
Uplifting, catchy tunes include "Spinaround" and
"Stuck", which are both deliciously moody and
emotional. The former especially shows a Yo La Tengo
influence, with clear links to the classic I Can Hear the Heart
Beating As One album in the guitar and vocals. Other tunes,
like "Pontiac Crash" and "Out Of Time" are a bit
more energetic and less dreamy, but still maintain the decidedly
laidback and spacey feel. A few tracks, like "Winter,"
which only boasts a few good moments, and the flat "Believe"
don't work out quite well and weigh down on the album's flow.
Fans of indie rock, shoegazer, and plain indie pop may want to
check out Blue2Noise's Shapes and Lines for a good, fun
diversion, but will have to be wary of the album's duds. Next
time, B2N may want to get rid of a few of the flatter tracks
and pile on more of their catchy shoegazer-tinged material instead, as
that is what they seem to be best at.
16 songs, distributed by the
band, released 2002]