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Professor Pez

"Let Us Follow the Evil Balloon" CD

Galant Records

Genres: lo-fi, indie pop

May 2 - 8 2005

Norway-based Professor Pez plays distinctly brilliant lo-fi indie pop that combines miracle hooks with a kidlike bounciness.  Every song is a catchy little blip of poppy goodness; despite the homemade feel, this is a remarkably cohesive and listenable record, with numerous tracks that will appeal to just about anyone.  This record takes cues from all over the indie pop map, including Of Montreal, Elf Power, and Sparklehorse.  "Dance Around the Livingroom" and "Airport Hurray" are both strong, infectious songs that rank among Let Us Follow the Evil Balloon's best.  I like this record, and I can definitely see myself listening to it a number of times in the future.  I only wonder if, like countless albums before it, its cute pop sound will wear thin over multiple listens.  For now, though, I'm digging Professor Pez to the fullest extent.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 19 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]