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