Rock quintet Through The Sparks, helmed by lead vocalist/guitarist
Jody Nelson, is a confluence of retro-pop á la John
Lennon and modern melodic rock reminiscent of the Broken Social
Scene's sonic scrolls. The band's latest release Alamalibu
is a 5-track EP that goes through a gamut of artistic forms from the
comfy traction and breezy chord transitions of "Brion Monchus"
to the jangly country folk splashing of "Warring Arms."
Recorded in Birmingham, Alabama, Alamalibu is a product of
barroom-inspired folk rock often showcased at such outlets as SXSW
festivals and Austin City Limits live broadcasts.
The dance grooves of "Angel Fix" features flashes of power
rock guitar chords jackknifed by flustering keyboards in the undertow
carved out by James Brangle on keys and guitar, Greg Slamen
on guitar, keys and bass, and Grey Watson on guitar. Bassist
Greg Slamen and drummer Shawn Avery fasten the bars of their
rhythmic pumping to the momentum of the keyboards. The ambling swells
of "Preacher Pink" have a likeness to The Kooks bolted
to vibrating guitar patterns that inject an upbeat feel into the melody,
while the folk rock cuts in "Common Goals" weave variations
in the combination of the guitars and the keys which keep the song
changing and yet melodically cohesive.
Alamalibu from Through The Sparks bridges together garage
rock, college rock, and melodic rock. The band straddles the line
between retro-pop and modern rock, making for an album that's entirely
likeable and listenable from start to finish.
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