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Starry Eyed

Self-titled CDR


Genres: indie pop, experimental pop

July 11 - 17 2005

Ain't it sweet? Starry Eyed, a homebrewed little fourpiece, brings us nine pretty pop songs in the vein of Belle & Sebastian and The Microphones. There's a dreaminess in here, mixed with a lo-fi aesthetic that really adds a personal charm to the disc. The compositions are very melodic - surprisingly so for such a homemade project; it's very easy to get tunes like "Can't Replace It" and "Love Song For The Universe" stuck in your head. The band's best songs combine male and female vocals (courtesy of Andy Bracht and Terri Dittmar) to create a folky, almost communal sound - I'm reminded of certain K Records and Elephant 6 bands. There is also a lot of experimentation going on - "Sweetest Prize," for example, makes use of a really unusual guitar backing to give off a slippery, mysterious sound, while "Hovering" has a trippy, spaced-out feel. "Head High in Hawaii," meanwhile, is a four-and-a-half minute instrumental that can only be described as bedroom surf-folk.

The more I listen to this disc, the more I appreciate it. It's a really lovely album, and one Starry Eyed should definitely be proud of. If you're into home-brewed, psychy folk-pop with a K Recs/E6 flare, give this little fourpiece a try.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]