Monday, July 07, 2008

The Fairline Parkway

Label mates of THE GREAT NORTHWEST (who I featured a few days back), this Washington DC band traffics in soft, soothing acoustic indie pop similar to THE PERISHERS but with the added touch of a female vocalist (I could give you about a hundred more comparisons because the sound is so familiar but it's late and my head hurts). Some of the tracks on their album, "A Memory of Open Spaces" hint at a POSTAL SERVICE vibe if they grew up in Nebraska rather than Seattle. "Homesteaders" is a gorgeously crafted slice of pop music that meanders over a skippy little beat as a soft acoustic guitar strums to the accompaniment of Raj Gadhia's vocals. "A Given Day" takes a subtle turn to a slightly darker place, while "Robbed Blind" has a Wilco style country flavor all it's own. "Westward Bound" is probably the best example of the band's formula has a beauty in it's simplicity (and a great use of a trumpet to boot).

This is a record that might not grab hold of you right away but after a few listens you will wonder how you ever lived without it in your collection.

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