Genres: indie pop, dream pop, lo-fi
PO Box 14414
Portland, OR 97293
May 11 - 18 2002
album is the debut release for Transmissionary Six, a pleasant little
indie pop band from Seattle. Coming through with delicate strokes of
dream pop, it's hard not to like this album. But, then again, who
would want to dislike it?
Transmissionary Six blends the styles of Sparklehorse and Galaxie
500, and adds their own pleasant creativity into the mix to keep
things interesting. The result is ten sweet songs that roll along
seamlessly, never even hinting at the world "boring."
Take "Marooned," for example. Combining personal vocals
à la Mercury Rev with soft, Galaxie 500-esque
guitarwork, the song brushes by briefly and beautifully. And then
there's "My Paper Party Hat," a quirky, catchy little ditty
that would fit perfectly next to a warm fire on a cold winter night.
It's just a small little critter of a song, yet it fills the room with
a warm ambience that few tracks can achieve.
These types of warm, personal pieces have been attempted by many
bands in the past, but few of them have actually achieved the delicate
perfection that Transmissionary Six have reached. Upon hearing the
beautiful, too-short "Submarine," you'll know exactly what I
am referring to. If all indie pop was this good, you could throw away
every other genre in existence.
Transmissionary Six is one of those indie outfits you can really
see becoming big on the indie scene one day; if their debut album
reaches these levels of grandeur, then they've definitely got
something good coming in their future. I think I'll finish this review
up right now, as I want to go listen to these songs alone.