Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Small Sounds

Add Date: November 10

Artist: The Small Sounds

Album: The Small Sounds

Label: Self-released

Genre: Alt-country, Rock

Comments: From the promoter:

"The Small Sounds began in Houston, Texas as a collective of friends playing music reflecting folk, rock, alt-country, indie, and retro-pop styles. Their backgrounds vary-- Houston, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, New Orleans, Memphis. Their influences are diverse-- Cash, Cariobu, Calexico, Leon Russell, Leadbelly, Pinback, Great Lake Swimmers, and anything and everything in between. Meld it all together and out comes, strangely, a fair amount of Rhodes, pedal steel, and harmonies. The Small Sounds first full length album feautrues the bands core members along with several special guests including Katie Stuckey, Mead Turner, Jeff Lerner, and Jason Healy."

After all that mishing-and-mashing described above, The Small Sounds end up with a mature, adult sound. Songs like "Leave Virginia Girl," are melodic, thoughtful, and just plain nice in an alt way. While I must admit that I find The Small Sounds ultimately less interesting than The Hold Steady or The National, fans of those groups could still find something worthwhile on The Small Sounds. Go to closer "Don't Walk Away" which reminds me of something off R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People.


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