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The Big Scary
Four Seasons
(self-released)
www.bigscary.net


Four Seasons is a collection four of mini-EPs, each representing one of - wait for it - the four seasons. It's a good thing that The Big Scary make this fact clear in their liner notes because, truth be told, the concept would have been entirely lost on me without the extra help (though I suppose that the fact that there are song titles "Spring", "Summer", "Autumn" and "Winter" may have eventually tipped me off). Let's set aside the fact that I may not be intellectual enough to get the concept and look at the music instead.

Four Seasons is an indie-rock grower. On first listen the record did nothing at all for me, then suddenly, after throwing the record on shuffle amongst some other new records, I found myself continuously drawn back to their songs. Each time something I didn't recognize came on I found myself stopping to see who I was listening to. Each time it was The Big Scary.

Spring is a collection of three twee indie rock tunes. I found myself drawn back to the title-track over and over again. Its lullaby-like rhythm, gently strummed acoustic guitar and twinkling piano became utterly addictive.

Summer is made up of four songs, two of which ("Tuesday Is Rent Day" and "All That You've Got") are rollicking garage-rockers.

Autumn kicks back into twee indie mode highlighted by "Autumn", a big production, piano-based number and "Microwave Pizza", a chanty folk duet.

Winter's three songs are spare pieces. The title-track brings to mind a piano and acoustic version of Radiohead.

Maybe I'm not smart enough to follow the thread of the seasonal concept but sure have a good enough ear to recognize great pop songs when I hear them.

-George Dow

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