steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

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Shiny Around The Edges

"Why Do I Love You" CDEP

Golden State Recording Co.

Genres: indie pop, indie rock, slowcore

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Mar 8 - 14 2004

Shiny Around The Edges.  A nice name for an equally nice band.  The Why Do I Love You EP, their very first release ever, is a pleasantly gentle collection of songs.  Though they consider themselves "sadcore," I find that to be a bit of a deception - this music isn't nearly as dreary as the likes of Cat Power and Low.

The first tune, "Impossible" sets the stage for a relaxing, albeit different type of record.  Sparse, dark guitar chords are laid under sliding female vocals and a light layer of percussion.  "Black Whistle" is even better - its creepy structure is almost evil, and the combination of tinny rhythm guitar and stuffy, faraway singing is really quite amazing.

This is a tremendously dark EP, but it's still very melodic and catchy.  While many listeners may be turned off by its despairing atmosphere, those who stick with it may become devotees.  Here's to the [presumably] forthcoming album!


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by CD Baby, released 2003]