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"An Effort To Do Good" CD

Closed System

Genres: college rock, indie rock, indie pop

Jun 30 - Jul 6 2003

Pesky's An Effort To Do Good is the first album on new label Closed System, and it's a fine dose of free, loose pop music.  Guitar, bass, drums, and vocals are the case as per the usual, with the band pulling off catchy, sometimes goofy indie rock nuggets that recall past material of bands like Pavement and Built To Spill, with strong elements of greats like XTC, The Kinks, and REM also present.  It's college rock, in short.

The good news is that all of the songs on An Effort To Do Good are very solid, with the melodies coming off fresh and poppy every time.  A track like "Rounding Error" is delightfully upbeat, with a cool lo-fi sound that resonates in the guitars.  Meanwhile, "Building Houses" is a neat little pop song that has been chopped up, manipulated, and put back together in the studio, still remaining really fresh and poppy, except showing off some smooth post-recording skills.  Also good are the two Magnetic Fields covers.

So pick this CD up, and then download and remix the album's songs at the label's website.  Fun fun fun!


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 songs, distributed by the label, released 2003]