Breathing Room Records
Genres: indie pop, indie rock
I like it when pop music isn't afraid to stand up and make itself
known. That's the case right off the bat on Rusty-Like's
(Pirouette), which blazes right out the door with peppy
instrumental "City Summer Rain,"
a track that sounds like the end credits
score to a movie with the happiest conclusion imaginable. But just as
you suspect this might be a completely instrumental release, you're
introduced to vocals courtesy of a number of guests. Sadly, I find
that the vocals run a bit flat in Rusty-Like's
sound, coming up disappointing within context of the backing tracks.
While their opening number glistened in its instrumental glory, the
other songs are let down by their focus on the singing. That isn't to
say tunes like "Canoe" and "Cowpie" don't have their fair share of
melody - they just aren't exceptional. However, there are a few
highlights despite it all, including the dreary, Camera Obscura-esque
"Black Eyes" and downbeat "Passer By."
(Pirouette) is a decent record, but I doubt I'd seek it out
myself unless they blew me away live.
Fun Fact: A
pirouette is a famous ballet move in which the dancer spins on one
[Vitals: 12 tracks,