"Love Love Love" CD
Genres: indie pop, indie rock, lo-fi pop
PO Box 14414
Feb 10 - 16 2003
may remember a year ago when I reviewed the FILMguerrero label's last
release, The Transmissionary Six's self-titled debut. I
was extremely impressed with the album, and as a result I didn't
hold back with my compliments at all.
So when I got this juicy little CD in the mail, I was
thrilled. Boasting one of the nicest album covers I've
seen in a long time, the fifteen-track Love Love Love
looked to be an absolute pop gem.
One spin in the CD player and my predictions had been
validated. Not only is Love Love Love an instantly
satisfying pop release, but it is also a very rewarding album.
On top of the delectable melodies that we've all come to love, these
fifteen songs also manage to present a wide array of interesting
concepts and beautiful atmospheres.
Incorporating a lo-fi pop ethic (in the K Records vein), The
Graves (aka Greg Olin) craft elegant, smooth tunes that
work their way into your humming repertoire flawlessly. The
first track, "The (209)," is a fine example. Using a
simple guitar/bass/drums/vocals base and some well-placed trumpets in
the background, the track plods along like a nice walk in a park,
except with a pleasant twilight-y atmosphere. The mood is
decidedly elegant, except pleasingly warm and personal as well - a
similar sort of charm that made everyone fall in love with Badly
Drawn Boy's The Hour of Bewilderbeast three years back.
And that's not all The Graves (another one-man band using a plural
name - The Microphones, anyone?) can do. In fact, this
album is packed to the brim with quality music - there isn't a single
mediocre track on here. "Evil Is You" recalls that
wonderfully catchy Cousteau song ("The Last Good Day Of
The Year"), "Suburban Girls" calls to mind Sparklehorse's
delicate pop (think "It's A Wonderful Life"), and "How
To Fake an Indian Summer" is that alt-country tinged track that
stays in the back of your head for weeks. And that isn't to
mention the deliciously offbeat harmonic chorus of "Dark Hair Is
Cool Too," one of the album's best pieces.
When all's said and done, The Graves' Love Love Love
gets a strong recommendation from me - it's one of the most truly catchy pop
albums I've heard in a long time.
Fun Fact: Love Love Love has a
surprisingly star-studded cast. Karl Blau plays horns on
many of the tracks, and Little Wings-er Kyle Field also
plays bass and sings. Other helpers include Jona Bechtolt
(Badger King), Rob Keiswetter (Bobby Birdman), Rachel
Blumberg (Norfolk and Western, Decemberists), and Adam
Selzer (Norfolk and Western).
15 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2003]