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Voxtrot
Your Biggest Fan
Play Louder Recordings
www.voxtrot.com


There are certain bands that I've always wanted to like, but never got around to... People like Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, and Belle And Sebastian. So don't worry, I'm not going to make the obvious comparisons between Voxtrot and those bands, which I'm sure are great. Namedropping like that just doesn't appeal to me right now.

What does appeal to me right now? Voxtrot's EP, Your Biggest Fan. And sure, it's a couple of months old, but don't let that bother you. After all, I still haven't heard any news on when their next CD is out, so I don't feel that lame.

Some of the lyrics off Your Biggest Fan tug at my heartstrings in a way my heartstrings haven't been tugged at since Buffy was cancelled; the three songs on the album sting like a tragic love story, or maybe just the background of my high school romance. The first song off the album, "Your Biggest Fan," makes me sigh and think heavy thoughts with it's opening, "Life on the margins / Little looks we have to steal / I want to run like vagrants hand in hand across this field / But I know the way you are, I could fall into the star / But it's not easy for everybody to fall in love." You see, there was a boy back in my younger days, that kept me a secret from the rest of the world, and only wanted people to know about us on his time. But I fell hard "into the star," and it turned out that that boy was the kind of person that found it hard "to fall in love." Sobs and sighs all around, eh? Oh, but singer Ramesh Srivastava brings your hopes up again when he sings, "Don't let them tell you that there's a right way to fall in love."

Sorry Ramesh, but you're wrong. See, everything about this album reminds me of high school, in a sticky, bittersweet way. Even when Srivastava wraps up the lyrics with "I know that I could never ever touch you / Because you might touch back," I can't help but wonder when he stole my diary and why? Don't get me wrong, I love the song, but why does it affect me so much?

It's pretty difficult to get through the rest of the album when the songs started out so strong. I was sort of afraid of being disappointed if I kept going. But it must have been the high school me speaking again. The Austin rockers refuse to disappoint over the course of the album. Sure, you could wait until the full length album comes out. But who knows when that might happen? Better to just get the EP already, don't you think? Me too.

-Caitlin McGuire

Track Listing:
01 Your Biggest Fan
02 Trouble
03 Sway


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