The Kyle Sowashes
"What's Important (And What's Not)" CD
Genres: indie pop, lo-fi
Kyle Sowash of Tom Foolery and the Mistakes fame has
gone solo (well, sort of). This new songwriting outlet of his features
him and a rotating door of band members, though the style still
remains quite similar to his past band's work. Lo-fi, home-brewed indie pop with amateur
vocals and catchy albeit spasmodic song structures is what's on tap,
and Sowash does it like a seasoned pro. Whether this will last
a dozen listens, or whether you'll just take a few keepers from the
record depends on your affinity for this sort of thing. Highlights for
me were breezy college rocker "Pitchforks" and it's carefree "whoo-oo-oos,"
more sensitive "Shadows Of My Stevens", and zippy "High Life"....
while the other songs were mostly passable (though occasionally
tossers, like "A Faster Asshole"), I didn't
feel compelled to come back to them really. Still, as an item of the
homemade indie pop underground, What's Important is worth a look.
in the mail,
Fun Fact: All of
The Kyle Sowashes' releases came out in 2006 except for one lone
compilation appearance way back in 2001 - Cody Records' Not Songs,
[Vitals: 10 tracks, 38:53,
the artist (9 bucks ppd),