Treetop Flyers – “The Mountain Moves”Partisan Records-out June 253 / 5 We think Treetop Flyers wins the “sounds most like Fleet Foxes” award this year. It’s all about that opener for us, “Things Will Change,” with its cheery guitar and constrained harmonies, acoustic perfection. Where, then, have all the pieces gone after that song? That’s the question we’d like to put to the London quintet, because the rest of what they’ve presented here is merely average teetering on just above, passable but certainly not exceptional. They dropped the ball! And that’s dangerous to do from the treetops. To compare to the Foxes, both debuts useRead More →

Hello ones and all!We just wanted to address some things about our blog. Yes, it’s been a good three or so years of running it, and we still haven’t really addressed y’all that well about how we go about doing things. So better late than never, though in this case maybe never would come off cooler. So then, the stars (actually they’re just numbers): we feel that an album must be above and beyond average to merit your time. Hence, 3 un-stars doesn’t cut it, but 3.5 just barely does. We often award around the 2.5- 3.5 range because we’ve found that most albums, byRead More →

Whitehorse – “The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss”Six Shooter Records-out now2.5 / 5 Canadian folk band Whitehorse jumps right out of the gates. The husband-wife duo start right off with such a strong opening that we’re left wondering what’s to come. Unfortunately, not much is the answer. The quality of their writing is so uneven that it astounds us, and the vocals that drive these songs are similarly uneven. “Achilles’ Desire” is one of those great openings, dark country, saloon gunfight kind of pace to it, that captures our heart. It’s strange and brilliant that it’s something of a love song, butRead More →