"An infectious brand of independent music" is how Belhome
is described on their website. In my experience, an infection has
always been a bad thing, so why someone would want to be "infectious"
is beyond me. But, "beautiful" and "warm", as
described in other parts of their site, is more where I would place
Right off the bat, it's a slower album, much mellower than anticipated.
However, for those fans of an acoustic/alternative sound this would
be a good album to get. In the song "What It's For" I get
a sense of Jack Johnson tied with maybe some John Mayer,
giving the album a good "indie-pop" song that could easily
hit the radio sometime. With the rest of the album, there's a pretty
consistent tone of that mellower sound that in other musical terms
is know as shoegaze. Yes, shoegaze, I had to look up the definition
before I could officially categorize them. Basically, this album and
any other band classifying themselves this way, can be described as
a style of alternative rock where the vocals are typically subdued
in volume and tone, but underneath the layers of guitars is often
a strong sense of melody. Drawing influence from other shoegaze bands
such as Yo La Tengo explains completely why Belhome fits into
this category. After everything is through, whether indie-pop or shoegaze,
A View Of The Woods has something going for it. Hopefully,
that will help the band gain some success, and not cause an infection.
1. Before We Drown
2. When You Know Me
3. The Black Part Of Light
4. Stick Around
5. What It's For
6. Sidewalk Says
7. What's Given
8. Into The Room
10. It's Right
11. Long Ride Home
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