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