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Philosopher's Stone

"The Goods and the Ills" CD

Tricycle Records

Genres: indie rock, indie pop

Philosopher's Stone
PO Box 0682
Florence KY 41022

Jul 14 - 20 2003

Not to be confused with the Harry Potter book or the Kranky Records band of the same name, Philosopher's Stone is a local Kentucky indie rock outfitd with one album out, The Goods and the Ills.  Their influences range from Sea and Cake to Modest Mouse, taking a lush and poppy approach but adding an occasional vocal spunk to spice things up.

The most noticeable thing about Philosopher's Stone's music is that it is loose and relaxing, and that the songs might seem too repetitive for some listeners.  Much of the music sounds the same, with a strong Sea and Cake influence (this can't be stressed enough!), although occasional gems are encountered (the edgy "Infinity" is an example, with vocals that sound very Modest Mouse-ian - think "Never Ending Math Equation").  Other notables are the terrific single "Soliloquy" and the juicy "Brain Freeze".

All in all, this is a nice little sample of a style of music that's best described by the name "indie soft rock."  Worth a shot if you're looking to add something calmer to your musical diet.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by CD Baby, released 2002]