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.
9 tracks, distributed by the band, released