"The Goods and the Ills" CD
Genres: indie rock, indie pop
PO Box 0682
Florence KY 41022
Jul 14 - 20 2003
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.
12 tracks, distributed by CD
Baby, released 2002]