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Starlight Mints
Drowaton
Barsuk Records
www.starlightmints.com


Crispy, kooky indie pop has a new name and a fresh face in my world. That name is Starlight Mints. Drawing from such disparate influences as disco, glam, post-emo, orchestra and carnival, Starlight Mints is a unique entity that creates easily listenable music that is as captivating as it is different. Their latest record Drowaton is a collection of 12 sharply strange ditties filled with horns, keyboards, slamming drums, and new wave guitars. If Elvis Costello were to have a love child with Wayne Coyne and that girl from Dresden Dolls, it may come up something like this.

Drowaton is filled with a kind of pop that is catchy and likeable, but rather off-center. The songs meander in and out of rhythm, incorporating new musical themes at odd turns. "Torts" is a wildly erratic romp that goes from a waltzing Beach Boys swing to a throttling modern rock binge of sound, and right back again. "What's Inside Of Me?" is instantly likeable, being a modern pop song filled with the kind of guitar lines and piano parts that would make David Bowie feel great about the influence he's had in the musical world. Things get back to erratic swings on "Pearls (Submarine #2)", which rocks as hard as any indie band ever has, but is twice as interesting. Here's Bowie again on "Seventeen Devils", a song that highlights exactly why this band is fast becoming so big in the indie circuit… excellent songs and engrossing sounds that never stop amazing.

There are gems hidden all through Drowaton… they may not be visible on first listen, but by the third time through it's hard to stop listening. The songs are catchy and arranged so that there is never a dull moment. This is music for the A.D.D. crowd, but cemented together with enough melody and brilliance that those of us who can focus for more than a few minutes can easily find some of the best new rock the industry has to offer.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. Pumpkin
2. Torts
3. Inside Of Me
4. Pearls (Submarine #2)
5. Seventeen Devils
6. Rhino Stomp
7. The Killer
8. Eyes Of The Night
9. Drowaton
10. The Bee
11. Rosemarie
12. Sidewalk


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