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Square Root of Margaret

"Levitation Days" CDEP

33 1/3 Recordings

Genres: indie pop, psych pop, indie rock

Aug 8 - 14 2005

I reviewed Square Root of Margaret's debut album a long while ago, back in the glory days of Indieville, and really dug it. Getting this seven-tracker in the mail, I was expecting more of the same psychedelic pop/rock, and that's pretty much what I got - though Levitation Days has a more modern, glossed-up sound to it. The melodic similarities are still uncanny, though I really like the small touches the band has added to improve their style. "The 3-D Breeze" starts things up in a loosey-goosey yet charged rock vein, doused in pop hooks and a psych-based atmosphere. I really like the slower ballad, "Hazel Eyes," as well, as I think it shows a nice depth to SROM, though the keyboard-drenched "Circuitry Knee" and the more traditional (for the band) "Space Car" are two of the disc's most solid tracks.

Anyway, this is a limited-to-500 release - pick it up soon or end up kicking yourself for all of eternity! I recommend this to any lover of quality indie pop/rock.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2005]