The OutSkirts -
we welcome June and the unofficial start of Summer, we are excited to
bringing more music your way. Here to tell you about the disc Unraveled
by The OutSkirts is our Guest Reviewer
Matt Springer. Matt is
the Co-editor/Writer/Jack of all Parades over at Pop-Culture-Corn
- THE online e-zine that
covers the culture of the millennium as it happens. Matt is going to be
us his ears and insight every now and then as he helps us to burrow
into the ever-expanding Indie field.
With that, I turn the page over to Matt Springer;
to imagine the sound--smooth maple
syrup cascading over warm pancakes. A cold sip of lemonade sliding down
throat on a hot August day. The Andrews Sisters meet R.E.M. with some
Brothers mixed in. Gorgeous harmonies, inspired instrumentation and a
occasionally sinister vibe.
The OutSkirts are all these things
and more. A quintet of
musicians based out of Bowling
Green, Kentucky, Unraveled
is their second album and
it will immediately draw
you in and keep you there for the long haul. Finding this band is like
discovering a delicate tea cup amidst the edgy, rough ruins of indie
rock--they're almost too beautiful for their own good.
This record is a lazy Sunday afternoon in the middle of July. You know
of day I'm talking about. Occasionally you're inspired to engage in
banter, or even take a walk around the neighborhood, but most of the
wasted away on the couch in front of the TV. Hell, you've worked hard
week--you've earned a blissfully evaporated day. And you've definitely
Sunday," a sexy meditation on the
wasted afternoons and the ambiguity of faith, and "Family Romance," a perky (and
I mean that in the best possible way) commentary on the randomness of
Unraveled also displays the OutSkirts'
amazing capacity for balancing perfectly packaged pop gems with longer
jam-based tunes--and making both work equally well. When they do get
jam, such as on "All Over Town,"
the solos actually have a beginning, middle and end, unlike most jam
aimlessly wander all over the song until they have to take another drag
their joint. I've never been a fan of excessive guitar noodling, but
Templeton's licks had me captivated throughout.
Trust me on this one, folks: this isn't one of those "three great songs
and they're out" indie releases. It's a solid gold gem from top to
bottom-- songwriting, performance, vocals, vibe. The
are as precious as a lazy Sunday afternoon, and listening to Unraveled
is a just about perfect way to waste one away.
OutSkirts - Unraveled
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