"Leave Me Out Of This" CD
Genres: dream pop, indie pop
Words On Music
715 University Avenue SE #201
Feb 9 - 15 2004
There's a difference between dream pop and shoegazer music.
While Minneapolis label Words On Music's last release, by the
fantastic Meeting Places, was sheer shoegazer, Fiel Garvie's
new disc, Leave Me Out Of This, is distinctly dream pop.
Instead of going for fuzzy, blocky soundscapes and pretty, spaced-out
melodies, Fiel Garvie's mission is to purvey pure pop - the
eleven songs on this album don't stray far from the basic formula
(dreamy, female-led indie pop), but instead distill it to perfection.
On Leave Me Out Of This, you get a wide array of pop
tunes. The spirited, powerful melodies and atmospheres of
"Got A Reason" and "Reeling As You Come Around
Again" combine My Bloody Valentine accessibility with Hopewell
atmospherics. A tune like "Doortime" calls to mind a
more dramatic version of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Fiel
Garvie have created a really terrific album; what it lacks in
creativity, Leave Me Out Of This makes up in sheer
With this album, bliss addicts will be pleased
to discover one of last year's best dream pop releases, but the best
thing about Leave Me Out Of This is that it marks the North
American debut of what promises to a very, very good band.
[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]