"Lay Me Down" CDR
Genres: indie rock
706 W. Treadwell Apt.
Nov 8 -
This pretty little homemade EP comes courtesy of
Tel Aviv, a promising young indie rock act out of Arkansas. They
have a slick, modern style that wouldn't feel out of place in New York
(think a less glossy Cloud Room), with hip basslines and very
memorable melodies. "Sunburned LA" starts the disc off with a brooding
sound and an infectious "we move from small towns to LA" vocal part.
"About Hysteria," the EP's strongest track, uses a dark keyboard part
and a desperate vocal delivery to convey a wonderful sense of urgency
to the listener. It's impressive how cohesive it sounds with just
keyboard and no guitar. After the eight minute plus "Vampire/DJ/Stripclub,"
a moody, moving instrumental (inessential but entertaining), Tel
Aviv finishes Lay Me Down off with Strokesy "Ill
Office" and keyboard-intense "Securities." Based on this EP, I see
Tel Aviv as a very solid act on the cusp of a recognized indie
rock career. Whether they'll succeed in today's crowded music climate
remains to be seen, but they do have the chops.
5 tracks, distributed by
the band, released 2005]