There’s not a whole lot of info to go along with this Phony Bedtime other than the group just dropped their Possum Songs EP this month. There are definitely a few solid tunes, but I’ve been gravitating towards “Invitation.” I love how the song has this really airy vocal that’s used throughout the entirety of the song. It’s broken up by this wobbling pulse that bursts forth, recedes, then bursts forth again, crafting this unstable wonky pop sensation that really clears the air for the aforementioned lightness of the vocals. All sorts of reference points, musically speaking, but I’ll let you do the pigeonholing here.
Everyone’s Friday’s need a little bitofpsych to trip into the weekend and your daily dose today comes from this video from Triptides for the track “Invitation.” The song is pretty much straightforward psych bliss, with sweeping choruses of hazy vocals and jangly electric guitar riffs. The video completes this psych vibe with the LA quartet jamming in the woods cut with weird visuals that will have you wanting to don your best bell bottoms and slip on some rose colored glasses…I mean, what did you expect from a band called Triptides?
The band’s upcoming full-length,Afterglow, will be out June 23 via Requiem Por Un Twister Records.
Technically, This Will Destroy You hailed from San Marcos, which is just a few minutes away from Austin, so we’ll gladly take them in as our own. They’re crafting the sort of sprawling post-rock that was popularized by the likes of Mogwai and EITS, and they’re doing a pretty solid job. On their latest single, the song opens with a rolling drum and a careful touch of keyboard notes, as guitars quietly begin to creep into the track. Just before the 1 minute mark, those guitars begin to ring louder, distortion enters the picture, building towards a crescendo. But, if I were to have a complaint, it would be that song doesn’t quite get there; there’s no ultimate crash that swoops in. Of course, that also makes the group different, offering their own branding on the style. Look for their latest album, Another Language, on September 16th via Suicide Squeeze.
For the past two years, Dominant Legs has slowly been building their brand name, hoping to break into the larger spectrum of the blogosphere. For the most part the San Francisco duo has succeeded, but the question remaining is whether or not Invitation, the band’s first full length foray would build on that success. After many listens, perhaps the best thing is that the band hasn’t done anything to dissuade listeners from appreciating their recent rise.
Keeping in mind that the first few songs from an album generally are meant to establish a foundation for the rest of the record, it’s easy to say that Invitation begins just by sort of being “there.” “Take a Bow” has a ringing guitar dancing throughout, with splashes of electronics bursting in, but for the most part, it’s sort of an unmemorable track. “Where We Trip the Light” attempts to step it up again, using a lighter mood and a bit more playfulness from singer Ryan Lynch. Sure, the hook’s fairly catchy, generally speaking, but it’s not anything to really shake a stick at.
Perhaps there’s just a bit too much 80s nostalgia coming from Dominant Legs. “Darling Girls” revolves around sort of kitschy electronics, remarkably similar to something one might find on a Richard Marx movie track, albeit one with a more modern singer. Surely there’s a market for this sort of throwback association, but I’m not completely buying into it; it seems forced and contrived. Similarly, “Lady is Sleek and So Petite” uses a very 80s electro-beat to make the song stand up. For some reason, you can’t help but to recall various scores to movies that you vaguely remember and certainly care nothing about. Sadly, that sometimes is the feeling you get from this entire record.
In comparison to the group’s EP, Young at Love and Life, nothing on Invitation really has that freshness; it all sounds awfully bored and disinterested. At times, the vocal interplay between Lynch and his bandmate Hannah Hunt is cute and affecting, but Lynch far too often seems like he’s trying to mimic a bit of Dan Boeckner, to no avail. Even still, those bright moments get nixed by the inclusion of unnecessary saxophone solos.
For all the hype surrounding Dominant Legs, it’s hard to put this listening experience into words. Song after song, I’m grudgingly reminded of my childhood, forced to listen to FM radio in my sister’s car. Not a one of these songs is necessarily bad, but for the most part, none of them is really good. You keep skipping tracks on Invitation, hoping to find one that catches you. For me, it just never happened. I didn’t hate it, I just couldn’t find something worth coming back to again and again. It’s a large miss in my book, but fans of the band will surely find redeemable qualities in it.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/02-Where-We-Trip-The-Light.mp3]
Download: Dominant Legs – Where We Trip The Light [MP3]
We’ve talked about Dominant Legs for some time, and more music just seems to come our way concerning the outfit. They’ll be offering up their debut, Invitation, on September 27th via Lefse Records. On this track, you can definitely feel the airy quality in the songwriting, giving a sense of lightness to the group’s sound. That little bit of pop you need can easily be found as the song moves in and out, with Ryan Lynch’s vocals holding your attention as steady rhythm beats perfectly in sync with the tracks mood. This record has been playing a lot in my house, and soon you’ll find it’s a huge part of your daily rotation too.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/02-Where-We-Trip-The-Light.mp3]
Download: Dominant Legs – Where We Trip The Light [MP3]