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The Merediths
A Closed Universe
Debauchery Records
www.merediths.org


My ears are very happy. It's time like these - times when you realize that indie rock can be on key and in tune - that I remember why I began to review music in the first place… and why I love music as much as I do. The Merediths take an indie stance on classic pop music, and do it remarkably well. The Beach Boys harmonies on "Marmalade Maggie" brilliantly offset the sonic masterpiece of modern guitars and driving rhythms, underscored by excellent organ playing. The Merediths channel The Beatles on "Right There", which could easily have appeared on the Rubber Soul record, with it's lightly psychedelic keyboards and dynamic arrangement. "Cruel Kind Of Love" drives more to the indie rock side of the fence. Lyrics are nearly shouted at times, forced from the singer's mouth like an expulsion of bitter memories. Back to a more relaxed tone on "Homo Erectus", The Merediths make excellent use of acoustic guitar and cello to create a perfect mood to accompany their evolutionary track. "So get out of dodge/ Step out of line/ Evolution don't just happen/ It just takes a little time/ To believe in nothing/ is like believing in something/ you've got two eyes, but you can't see." "Let's All Live Underground" rounds the e.p. out nicely, with dynamic arrangement and cleanly played guitars. You will undoubtedly find yourself singing this song for days after listening, it's a very catchy melody. Giving Gomez a run for the money as most beloved contemporary psychedelic pop band, The Merediths have released a tremendously cool debut record. Unfortunately, it's about five songs short of being what I would rather have. More music, gentlemen?

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:

1. Marmalade Maggie
2. Right There
3. Cruel Kind Of Love
4. Homo Erectus
5. Let's All Live Underground


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