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Los Halos

"For Ramona" CD

Loveless Records

Genres: indie pop

Loveless Records
1122 E. Pike St. #1361
Seattle, WA 98122

Oct 7 - 13 2002

Los Halos' For Ramona is a delightful, exciting record that mixes the simple pop sensibilities of early Pedro The Lion with a more exciting, full-band approach. The concept, while risky (it seems the Lion himself is the only one that can get away with it), turns out for the best here, and makes for an enjoyable pop album.

While nothing here is even the least bit groundbreaking, the beauty of Los Halos' music lies in its outstanding listenability. Every song is catchy and comforting, with wonderful guitar backings and pleasant, airy vocals. "My Heart as an Arrow," for example, has catchy male/female vocals sung on top of a Neutral Milk Hotel "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"-esque guitar backing. "Morning of the Sun", meanwhile, has a psychedelic-era Beatles vibe going on that really sounds smooth and warm. And "Dagger Bones" is like that really nice song that can always plant a smile on your face, even if you're in the most dreadful of moods.

Altogether, For Ramona is an enjoyable, endearing album that has the potential to put smiles on many faces. From start to finish (a warm, gentle hidden track ends the album), this should provide you with enough catchiness to warrant it a permanent lodging in your stereo. Like Sparklehorse's It's A Wonderful Life last year, For Ramona provides a nice breath of fresh pop to keep all us indie kids happy.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 9 tracks (+ hidden track); distributed by Nail; released 2002]