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The Celebrity Pilots

"Beneath the Pavement, A Beach" CD

Sunken Treasure Records

Genres: indie pop

Nov 8 - 14 2005

I hate writing reviews twice. It shouldn't happen, but every once in awhile a file goes missing, thus necessitating another write-up about an already-discussed record. Such was the case with The Celebrity Pilots' Beneath The Pavement, A Beach, so things looked somewhat grim for the poor little disc. I'm not a man who takes his frustrations in stride.

But I'll be damned. A second run-through of this album simply offered me a chance to enjoy it all over again. Beneath the Pavement is a concise fourteen tracks of melodic indie pop, with winning choruses and carefree yet careful song structures. The mood is decidedly light and breezy, with bright chords and shimmering keyboards glossing out the sound. This makes for some really good listening usually ("We've Lost Kasparov," "Lemons From Lemonade") but can also lead to some soft-pop filler ("Who Never Fought In Wars," "True Sun Symphony"). There are also a number of side excursions (GBV-esque "Wheel of Femmes," beautiful folk tune "(La La) Last Time," energetic "Spoke is the Joke"), making for an engagingly varied and literate record.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]