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
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.
3. Inside Of Me
4. Pearls (Submarine #2)
5. Seventeen Devils
6. Rhino Stomp
7. The Killer
8. Eyes Of The Night
10. The Bee
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