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The Boy Least Likely To
The Best Party Ever
Too Young To Die

The Boy Least Likely To's debut album The Best Party Ever is a collection of low-fi instrumentals glimmering with child-like charm and gently soaked melodic grooves. The duo of Jof Owen on vocals and Peter Hobb on guitars hail from Wendover, England where they began composing songs spun from ornaments of pop, English folk, country, and bobbins of bluegrass. They use the glittering notes of recorders, the rolling chimes of glockenspiels, and the flushes of banjo, fiddle, tambourine, and harmonica curls. The duo avow these sonic ambers to rotors of guitar and drum dromes. Their music is ambient with country films and pop sequins. The ditties are cheery with a trampoline-induced ramble and youthful appeal. There is a Tele-Tubby gleefulness in their arrangements and a glossy sophistication in the melodies buildup and progressions.

The album commences with twinkling notes and carriages of twirling forms and thickets of shuffling movements like in the numbers "Be Gentle With Me" and "Fur Soft As Fur." The song "Monsters" gleams with dark, overcastting tones and sealants of recorder and banjo swags swabbed by jolly synth effects. The music is light, bubbly and mild tempered, like in the pieces "Paper Cuts" and "Warm Panda Cola."

The central tracks maintain the chipper pace with "I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon To Your Star" and "I See Spiders When I Close My Eyes," which drips of gaity ambages of mirthful sprints, and delicately pitched intonations. The harmonies in the layers of instrument lines has a glossy finish and smooth glaze. The dawdling tempos of "The Battle Of The Boy Least Likely To" and "Sleeping With A Gun Under My Pillow" graft lap steel patterns into the template.

"Hugging My Grudge" is a cheerful ditty spooled by hand clap beats, swinging motions, and accessible vocal ranges. "My Tiger, My Heart" is a quaint folk tune with a footing of vocal and acoustic guitar currents. The album's epilogue "God Takes Care Of The Little Things" is a short piece that rounds out the series on a positive outlook.

The album overall is cheerful and sees life through the eyes of the innocent. The synthesizer's curlicues and swizzles encircle the string successions of the banjo, fiddle, and guitars, perched with dollops of harmonica and recorder ornaments. The swinging motion of their verses and the accessible range of the vocals make the songs universally appealing. There is an effeminate flowering in the tracks. The music is symbolic of indie pop/folk with stylings similar to Elf Power, Belle And Sebastian, California Snow Story, and The 6ths. The Boy Least Likely To performed at 2006's SXSW music festival and will be touring worldwide throughout the year.

-Susan Frances

Track listing:
1. Be Gentle With Me
2. Fur Soft As Fur
3. Monsters
4. Paper Cuts
5. Warm Panda Cola
6. I See Spiders When I Close My Eyes
7. I Hitched My Apple Wagon To Your Star
8. The Battle Of The Boy Least Likely To
9. Sleeping With A Gun Under My Pillow
10. Hugging My Grudge
11. My Tiger, My Heart
12. God Takes Care Of The Little Things

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