Tom Thumb and the Latter Day
Genres: indie pop, indie rock
PO Box 883123
San Francisco CA
That Three Ring label, they really know what they're doing.
Kindermusik is another solid release from the young imprint, who
can count Tom Thumb and the Latter Day Saints as one of their
most promising assets. They boast a mature pop sound drawing from the likes
of Wilco, Calexico, and even Nick Cave. Keyboards
are at the heart of the band's formula, which builds wonderful
melodies over key-based compositions, producing a dusky, noir-esque
yet hopeful mood. Examples of these strong songs are the moody opener,
"Growing Boy," instantly catchy "Real Small Talk," and "Dark Rooms"
with its mesmerizing breakthrough chorus. Heartfelt "Preach" is also
completely wonderful, with a beautifully passionate boy/girl harmony
ensuring immediate approval. Nothing about the Kindermusik EP
disappoints, and you'll be beaten
to a pulp should you ignore music this fine.
MP3s (from tomthumbmusic.com):
Fun Fact: The "real"
Tom Thumb was no bigger than his father's thumb.
[Vitals: 7 tracks, 26:57,